Asian girls are enslaved in a suburban massage parlor; domestic workers with working conditions reminiscent of slave; Vancouver gangs recruit Honduran boys to sell drugs; girls in a Montreal subway station are lured into prostitution. Human trafficking is still a reality today. And it's happening closer to home than you might think.
Feminism. Does the word have any meaning today? Has it become tainted with connotations that alienate some women? Or is it simply irrelevant in the 21st century? In this timely doc, the story of feminism and its continuing uphill battle is told through interviews with some of the best-known feminist icons -- and also younger voices who are finding new ways to advance the cause.
Lenore Walker believes that it is important to empathize not only with clients' problems, but also with their strengths, and that many female clients have never had their strengths valued. Walker's feminist approach incorporates a focus on how a client's social context contributes to her problem and puts importance on maintaining an even power balance between the therapist and the client. In this video, Walker works with a woman who is in the final stages of divorce from a man that abused her. Walker demonstrates how to ask direct questions about the abuse without overwhelming her client. In addition, Walker focuses on her client's accomplishments and the importance of keeping safe even though her ex-husband is now out of the house.
Finding Dawn gets its title from Dawn Crey, one of the estimated 500 Canadian Native women who have gone missing or have been murdered in the last thirty years. Illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Native women in Canada and presents the message that stopping that violence is everyone's responsibility.
Looks specifically at misogyny and sexism in mainstream American media, exploring how negative definitions of femininity and hateful attitudes toward women get constructed and perpetuated at the very heart of our popular culture.
On December 10, 2007, a 16-year-old schoolgirl was strangled to death; her father and brother are charged with murder. Three weeks later, teenage sisters were shot to death; their father fled the country and is still wanted for murder. Six months later a 19-year-old college student was stabbed by her brother; he was convicted and is now in jail. While Muslim women organize to help girls at risk, and the Imam at a Toronto mosque teaches that violence has no basis in Islam, some men continue to justify these crimes through patriarchal beliefs about family honour.
In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing us softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes--images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality.
Her husband was supposed to be Prince Charming -whisking her away from Punjab to a new life in Canada. But instead of living a fairy-tale dream, Namrata Gill found herself in a nightmare. In this intensely personal short film, Gill describes her six years in an abusive relationship, and how difficult leaving can be when you are part of a close-knit immigrant community.
More than 300 women and men gathered in August 2008 at a conference entitled Missing Women: Decolonization, Third Wave Feminisms, and Indigenous People of Canada and Mexico. Here, personal stories and theoretical tools were brought together, as academics, activists, family members of missing and murdered women, police, media, policy-makers, justice workers, and members of faith communities offered their perspectives on the issue of racialized, sexualized violence.