Leah Wilson

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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Life as a Woman in Engineering by Michèle Rochette and Chelsea Dubiel

Networking events are a normal part of any professional careers, including engineering. They all start in a similar fashion: you put on your most professional clothes and begin to look forward to the evening. You will meet up with colleagues and meet new people within your field. You hope to strengthen existing connections, make new …

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The Role of Men in the Struggle Against Gender-Based Violence by Nick Catalano

Struggling to end gender-based violence (GBV) is a huge fight, and one that everyone needs to participate in. Particularly men, because it’s something that impacts men, myself included, far less overtly than it does women. Most men don’t think of how critical our support is to the cause. The other barrier is how difficult it …

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The Legacy of AIDS: End the Blood Ban by Zach F

Paleoconservative Patrick Buchanan once wrote, rather gloatingly, “the poor homosexuals- they have declared war upon nature, and now nature is exacting an awful retribution.”[1]That retribution? AIDS. Buchanan’s bigoted views of sexual orientation and an epidemic so destructive that its’ legacy and effects are still VERY much engrained in the collective conscience and lives of an …

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