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The Human Costs and Gendered Impact of Sanctions on Iran by Bushra Tahir

Since the 1979 Revolution in Iran, an era of the unprecedented rift of shared tensions, has made a unique situation in the region. The country is blamed by the international community of retaining its poor human rights records. [1] Currently Iran is facing sanctions on Arms embargoes, Asset freeze, Export and import restrictions, financial prohibitions, …

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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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Experiencing Gender Based Violence as a Female Combatant by Bushra Tahir

Experiencing Gender Based Violence as a Female Combatant During humanitarian crisis the risk of gender based violence is well anticipated. As Gloria Steinem stated: “It’s especially important for us to speak because we don’t have decision making power in going to war, and yet we’re affected by war”. [1] Robin Arnett explains some realities of …

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16 Days to 365 – The Launch of the 16 Days of Activism in Manitoba

Content Warning: Violence, mass murder, mentions of sexual violence. On December 6th, 2019, Canada will mark the 30th anniversary of a dark day in Canadian history when 14 women were killed merely for existing in a male-dominated space. Since then, three of Canada’s worst mass murders have been motivated by hatred of women. Canada’s most …

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Protection of Civilians During Wars and Conflicts by Bushra Tahir

November 2019 International Humanitarian Law Conference: GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF ARMS Webinar (University of Saskatchewan) Catherine Gribbin is working as a Legal Advisor at the Canadian Red Cross started with a notion of what type of forces should be used to keep the legality of conflicts in compliance to International Humanitarian Law in today’s armed conflict. …

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