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Countdown to Trump Inauguration

With the upcoming inauguration of the president-elect down south, CKUT’s News Collective would like to share some thoughts from Masha, a member of Russia’s Pussy Riot.

Pussy Riot is a feminist protest punk-band-meet-art-collective that uses performance and music to disseminate their defiance. The group’s “guerilla performance” in 2012 at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow brought them international recognition and a two-year jail sentence for mocking Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church’s support for the, then, presidential candidate.

In 2016, Pussy Riot again spoke out against the American president-elect. At the time of the interview, Trump was the Republican candidate for the 2016 Presidential election. In response to his success, two songs – “Straight Outta Pussy” and “Make America Great Again” – were released. Both their lyrics and music videos challenged his demonstrated misogyny, racism, and classism.

When asked about Trump, Masha described him as “a crazy asshole.” The interview further explores why tactics employed by feminists in the US and Canada cannot be compared with feminism’s tactics in the Russia, how the rise of Trump resembles that of Putin, and how the media can distort public opinion about struggles against the status quo.

The CKUT News Collective would like to encourage its listeners to go out and show solidarity with DC’s disruptions of Inauguration Day in Montreal.

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Re:Bodies Poetry Night: A Fundraiser for the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal

On Monday July 4th the queer femme P.O.C. collective Re:Bodies held a poetry night at Coop l’Artère to raise funds for the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, as well as for Pagsibol. CKUT spoke with Nakuset, director of the women’s shelter, about their work and the services that they provide, and excerpts from the poetry night follow this interview.

For more information about how to get involved with the Native Women’s Shelter, check out www.nwsm.info.

This report was produced for CKUT by Claudia Edwards.

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Violence against Women in Ukraine: Documentary

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Ukraine is the largest country located within Europe, known as a breadbasket of the continent, its beautiful nature, distinct folk dancing, and the hospitality of those inhabiting it.

Women comprise fifty-four percent of the country’s population, and the level of women’s literacy in Ukraine reaches nearly a hundred percent. The prohibition of discrimination based on gender is entrenched into the Ukrainian Constitution, Article 24. The country’s everyday life, however, does not reflect these factors.

The survey of 2014 showed that 22% of Ukrainian women had experienced at least one form of violence (physical or sexual) starting age 15. Only 32% of the total number asked for help at social services.

This report opens up a conversation about the systemic issue of gender violence that Ukrainian women face on a daily basis through the interviews with “La Strada” Ukraine and the community LGBTQ organization “Insight.” “La Strada” is an international NGO that works to ensure gender equality and fights women trafficking in Ukraine, and the “Insight” organization provides legal and social help to the victims of violence on the grounds of homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia. My name is Kateryna Gordiychuk of the CKUT Community Radio in Montreal, Canada.

It is very important to talk openly about violence against women in Ukraine, as the conversation is often suppressed by virtue of seeming not urgent enough, especially in light of political difficulties and oppression by Russia that the country faces.

This documentary was produced as a part of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an international radio series of AMARC, originally in Ukrainian. The report was aired in English on CKUT 90.3 FM on March 3, 2016, as a part of the Off the Hour program.

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March 5th: International Women’s Day Conference 2016

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The 2016 conference was held at Concordia University.

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The International Women’s Day Conference was held March 5, 2016 at Concordia University, and marked the 41st annual celebration of Women’s day and the march held on March 8th. International Women’s Day was only officially recognized by the U.N. in 1975. The conference was put together by Women of Diverse Origins, a grassroots anti-imperialist women’s network that organizes public events to educate, discuss and empower!

Presentation playlist order:
1. Jenny-Laure Sully, who fights against the deportation of Haitians.
2. Lorraine Guay, representative for theBoycott, Divestment, Sanctions against Israeli Apartheid movement.
3. Lucina Gordon and Jeannie Calvin, two Inuit students from Nunavik (with throat-singing featured near the end).
4. Marie Boti, from the International Women’s Alliance.
5. Marta Lucia Gomez, member of the Committee for Men’s rights in Latin America / Comité des droits de l’homme de l’Amérique latine.
6. Mélanie Sarazin, president of la Fédération des femmes du Québec.
7. Final statement and reflection of the International Women’s Day conference.

 
This event was recorded by Claudia Edwards.