26th Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre: Panel Discussion

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In commemoration of the Montreal Massacre that happened on December 6th, 1989 in École Polytechnique, CKUT’s Off the Hour hosted a panel discussion to analyze the event once again and the impact it had on the feminist movement and gun control laws.

CKUT’s Rose Woolhouse, Kateryna Gordiychuk and Emily Enhorning had a chance to speak to Maureen Bradley, a filmmaker, who produced a short documentary in 1995 titled “Refraiming the Montreal Massacre”; Rose Marie Whalley, a community radio programmer and a board member at Center for Gender Advocacy; and Kevin Vowles, a Community Engagement Manager for the White Ribbon in Toronto, that empowers men and boys to take a stand against violence directed at women and girls.

The panel tried to unveil the social circumstances within which the crime against women occurred by addressing the issues of gender violence in general and the work done to prevent it in the aftermath of the event.

Although, the speakers said that the issue receives much more acknowledgement nowadays, they emphasized the persisting facts of violence against women and girls in modern society.

83% of all police-reported domestic assaults are against women. This pattern is consistent for every province and territory across Canada.(Canadianwomen.org)

A big part of discussion was dedicated to the media portrayal at the time of the massacre and how the news reporting consequently framed the public’s reaction to the crime. Maureen Bradley, one of the speakers, produced a documentary “Reframing the Montreal Massacre” two decades ago to address this issue.

The matter of violence against women is not an issue for feminists only, but it must be recognized and acted against by all societal structures. Kevin Vowles, one of the speakers, talked about his extensive educational work with White Ribbon, an organization that teaches boys and men to react to gender violence.

What I see when engaging men and boys is that they are willing to come forward, stand up, and say something when they see violence and rape culture happening. White Ribbon encourages men and boys to move away from harmful gender norms.  When men and boys start truly getting in touch with their emotions (transcending toxic masculinity), moving away from straight anger, we can end violence against women.

– Kevin Vowles shared with CKUT after the panel discussion

Listen to an insightful discussion on the framework in which the Montreal Massacre occurred and its consequences. Rose Marie Whalley, one of the panelists, also provides a live account from the feminist demonstration held soon after the crime.

Gender Based Violence in Myanmar


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We bring you a brand new doc from CKUT's very own Portia Larlee who is based in Yangon, Myanmar [formerly Burma].

Portia probes deeply into what people say, think, and do about Gender Based Violence in a country that has a mythology of equality and a reality of subordination.

This documentary was produced for WINGS, the Women's International News Gathering Service, that looks at gender based violence in that south east Asian country. Speakers include a parliamentary minister, a taxi driver, a Buddhist nun, and more. For more information, check out http://www.wings.org.

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Effets de l’islamophobie sur les femmes musulmanes


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Chris, l’animateur de cette édition d’En Profondeur, est accompagné de Siegfried L. Mathelet, de la Chaire UNESCO-UQAM sur les fondements philosophiques de la justice et de la démocratie, et donne la parole à des concitoyennes musulmanes militant contre l’islamophobie au «Québec».

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Round table about the situation of palestinian women

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“Table ronde sur la situation des femmes palestiniennes”

Participants were:

Rana Alrabi: (Animatrice de la discussion)

Rana Alrabi was born in the United Arab Emirates to Palestinian and Lebanese parents, and emigrated a few years later with her family to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Inspired by an interest to communicate and to heal, Rana completed a Bachelor of Science and a minor in Management from McGill University, a Graduate diploma in Administration for health and social services from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, and a Graduate diploma in Public Relations Management from McGill University. Rana’s career in public relations with organisations in the fields of health care, education, environment, and international relations, as well as with corporations and startups, uncovered her calling: to create and promote messages, initiatives and events that inspire a positive social investment. Rana’s most enjoyed experiences include planning events and facilitating dialogue on the personal and social impacts of the developments in Palestine Israel.

Yasmeen Daher : Lecturer at Concordia University and as a Palestinian woman, Yasmeen is particularly interested in the various forms of Arab feminism and in the problematics of examining and studying Arab women within a Western context.

Samia Al-Botmeh, is the director of the Centre for Development Studies at Birzeit University and an assistant professor in economics. She has completed her PhD at the School of African and Oriental Studies- University of London, in labour economics, the title of her thesis : ‘Palestinian Women’s Labour Supply: Towards an Explanation of Low and Fluctuating Female Labour Force Participation’. Samia’s areas of interest and publications are gender economics, labour economics, and political economy of development.

Zahia El Masri : Arrivée au Canada en 1985 à l’âge de 12 ans, Zahia détient une maîtrise en administration publique et analyse politique de l’Université de Concordia. Elle est présentement Chargée des communications et des formations au ROMEL.

Cérémonie du 6 décembre pour les 25 ans de Polytechnique


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Le 6 décembre la cérémonie pour les 25 ans après la tuerie de Polytechnique s’est déroulée au Place du 6 décembre. Plusieurs actions ont soulignés la date et nous passons maintenant à l’écoute des entrevues captées par Leila Lemghalef le samedi.

Take Back the Night in Montreal – Feminists March for a Safer Concordia

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This past Friday November 21 was the annual Take Back the Night march hosted by Concordia Center for Gender Advocacy as part of their ‘A Safer Concordia’ campaign. The march from Guy Concordia to McGill campus opposes gendered and sexual violence and  promotes safe public spaces.

Produced for the CKUT news collective by Celia Robinovitch

Min Fami book launch


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The voices of Arab feminists have come together in an anthology packed with insights on the themes of home & homeland, exile, feminism, borders, gender and sexual identity, solidarity, language, creative resistance, and colonization.

Leila Lemghalef from the CKUT News Collective attended an intimate book launch recently held in Montreal.

We’re about to listen to a snapshot of presentations from the mouths of contributors themselves, followed by a discussion on some salient themes. We are going to hear the voices of Ghada Chehade, Nayrouz Abu Hatoum, Maha Zimmo followed by remarks by coeditors, Ghaida Moussa, Ghadeer Malek as well as a broad exchange of ideas.

Hosted by Ken McMurray from Friday Morning After.

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