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Statement on Ukraine

IIWR-MB stands united with the international community in condemning the invasion of and subsequent war against Ukraine. We call for an end to the aggression and violence imposed on Ukraine, and for the protection of Ukrainian civilians whose lives have been thrown into chaos by this conflict.  We are alarmed by the horrific conditions for …

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Hold Space for Untold Stories

By Kiana Sky and Angela Lavallee Content Warning: The following contains references to grooming, gender-based violence, violence against Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit people. If you require support, please contact one of the following: Crisis Response Centre (18+) at 204-940-1781, Kids Help Phone (under 18) at 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868, Rural & Northern Support Services …

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Rainbow coloured heared with paint splatter surrounding the bottom. By the dip in the hear, Black cursive, painted font reads, "SEX ED for life." to the right bottom corner is Kal Barteski's name in the same font and the SERC logo

Reproductive Justice in Rural and Remote Manitoban Communities

By Chris Romaniuk Reproductive justice includes equal access to safe and accessible abortion, affordable contraceptives, and comprehensive sex education. In Canada, we have the right to access each of these and make autonomous decisions about our bodies, including the decisions to have children or not, when to have children and how many, and choosing the …

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Silenced and Ignored: My Journey with Endometriosis

By Alex Marie  It took me fourteen years to be diagnosed with endometriosis, and my pain and my healthcare needs are still not taken seriously today. Endometriosis is a chronic disease that is extremely underdiagnosed or is diagnosed many years after symptoms have begun, causing impacted individuals to endure years of suffering through severe and …

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As We Begin 16 Days of Activism, We Still Need a Feminist Response to COVID-19 in Manitoba

By Micaela Crighton The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence begins on Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and runs until Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day. The campaign runs during this time to symbolically link and frame the ending of gender-based violence as a human rights issue. …

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Memories of the 4th World Conference on Women by Mary Scott

In 1994, a group of over 30 women began to strategize about attending the 4th World Conference on Women to be held the following September, in Beijing, China. Under the leadership of Muriel Smith and others, we met regularly, for about a year, discussing the different topics that would form the Beijing Platform for Action. We talked …

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Thoughts on Unfinished Business: A Parallel Report on Canada’s Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, with a focus on Indigenous, Metis, and Inuit issues by Julie Pelletier

In lieu of blogs regarding the 64th session of the the Commission on the Status of Women, IIWR will be highlighting chapter reflections on the Unfinished Business: A Parallel Report on Canada’s Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This is the first in a series of blogs on the topic. Julie Pelletier, …

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Lessons from Auschwitz: International Court of Justice on Rohingya Crisis by Bushra Tahir

The world commemorated, on the 75thanniversary of Auschwitz – Birkenau, the death of Jewish people by Nazis as a planned genocide during World War II. The horrors of the story is explicitly based on the systematic persecution of Jews. Significantly, their religious identity was utilized as a tool of war, when Jews were transported to the …

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