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IIWR-MB to Host Virtual Annual General Meeting on March 2

Come one, come all! IIWR-MB members and anyone interested in the work of IIWR-MB are welcome to attend the organization’s 8th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 2.  This year’s AGM will be held on Zoom, due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions. The meeting will be approximately two hours long, with roughly the first 45 minutes …

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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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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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