Jessica Botelho-Urbanski

Persistence Through Adversity, International Human Rights Day

December 10th is International Human Rights day and arguably, our rights are more in crisis this year than in many years past.  We have seen a global pandemic that put the world into lockdown orders, a reckoning with anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, and the ongoing effects of what has been termed the “shadow-pandemic” of violence …

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Remembering Polytechnique and Taking Action on MMIWG2S

For the 31st Remembrance of Polytechnique and National Day of Action Against Violence Against Women, we remember the thousands of women, girls and those who identify as female or femme, who are subjected to violence in every form, every day. This includes victims, survivors, families, friends, advocates and allies of Indigenous Missing and Murdered Indigenous …

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Understanding the Intersections of Gender Based Violence and the LGBTQ2IA+ Community in the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Zachary Fortin The spread of COVID-19 around the globe has drastically altered all of our lives. It has redefined “normalcy,” regardless of how different our definitions and realities may have been. Unfortunately, it has also significantly exacerbated deeply embedded systems of inequality and oppression.  Members of marginalized communities including (but not limited to) LGBTQ2IA+, women, …

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HIV and COVID-19: How 2 pandemics underscore the need for public health education

Spreading awareness and education about World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) will look very different this year, as activists aim to reach audiences online and fight isolation brought on by a new deadly virus. In Winnipeg, Nine Circles Community Health Centre is preparing for virtual fundraisers on Facebook and working on two social media campaigns, said …

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Feminist Foreign Policy – Written Submission to Global Affairs Canada

Written Contribution to Global Affairs Canada Submitted by the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba We, at the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba (IIWR-MB), would like to extend our thanks to the Government of Canada for its continued effort in moving towards a feminist foreign policy. We are encouraged by the steps …

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