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Rwanda Genocide Victims Speak Out  by Sandra Ka Hon Chu and Anne-Marie de Brouwer
Rwanda Genocide Victims Speak Out

Rwanda Genocide Victims Speak Out

In the 100 days of genocide that ravaged the small Central African nation of Rwanda from April until July 1994, about one million Tutsi and Hutu people were killed, and an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 women and girls were raped.

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Are Women Human?  by Susan G. Cole
Are Women Human?

Are Women Human?

Over the past 25 years, Catharine MacKinnon has changed the face of feminist legal theory. A law professor at the University of Michigan, she is, as one reviewer notes, “a famously polarizing figure.”

She pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination, and her belief that pornography violates women’s civil rights influenced Canada’s redefinition of obscenity law from sexual explicitness to a harm-based approach a decade ago.

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Flying High with Anne-Marie MacDonald  by Sara Cassidy
Flying High with Anne-Marie MacDonald

Flying High with Anne-Marie MacDonald

Ann-Marie MacDonald's second novel, The Way the Crow Flies (Random House of Canada, 2003), follows her award-winning Fall On Your Knees, a first novel that sold more than 300,000 copies in Canada and was selected for the Oprah Book-of-the-Month Club.

MacDonald is also a playwright and actor, and the current host of CBC-TV's Life and Times. She spoke with Sara Cassidy in September, over the phone from her "roundy Edwardian" home in Toronto, which she shares with her spouse, Alisa Palmer, and their infant daughter.

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The Dearth of a Nation  by Sheila Nopper
The Dearth of a Nation

The Dearth of a Nation

In this article, Afua Cooper blows the whistle on Canada's history of slavery and gives a voice to unsung heroes of the past.

Afua Cooper is a poet and writer whose work includes Memories Have Tongue, Utterances and Incantations: Women, Poetry and Dub, and (with co-editors Peggy Bristow and Dionne Brand) We're Rooted Here and They Can't Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women's History.

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Turbo Chicks: Talkin' 'bout My Generation  by Krista Scott-Dixon
Turbo Chicks: Talkin' 'bout My Generation

Turbo Chicks: Talkin' 'bout My Generation

"Third-wave feminism" is a catchy yet contested term for the ideas and activism of young North American women. Lara Karaian, Allyson Mitchell and Lisa Rundle created an anthology that reflects the issues and experiences of these women. Their book, Turbo Chicks, (Sumach Press, 2001) challenges the image of young women as apathetic, apolitical dupes of an anti-feminist backlash. Instead, the contributors to Turbo Chicks present a lively, intriguing series of opinions and perspectives which are by turns thoughtful, provocative, funny, angry and poignant.

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The Speech that Shook the Country  by Sunera Thobani
The Speech that Shook the Country

The Speech that Shook the Country

Sunera Thobani's speech at the "Women's Resistance: From Victimization to Criminalization" conference in Ottawa on October 1 2001, provoked a storm of controversy after her remarks were interpreted as blaming the September 11th terrorist attacks on U.S. foreign policy. Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, described it as a "terrible speech that we are 100 percent against."

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The Fight For Dignity: Women With Disabilities  by Sandhya Singh
The Fight For Dignity: Women With Disabilities

The Fight For Dignity: Women With Disabilities

In 2007, 19-year-old Ashley Smith died in federal custody at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ontario.

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Ethical Pornography  by Tina Vasquez
Ethical Pornography

Ethical Pornography

It’s April 2011, and in the dark of a very small room about 70 people are watching porn together.

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Porn Again: The Issue that Won't Go Away  by Lisa Tremblay
Porn Again: The Issue that Won't Go Away

Porn Again: The Issue that Won't Go Away

In light of a new documentary celebrating Hugh Hefner as the grandfather of the sexual revolution, feminists might be wondering how mainstream heterosexual pornography has evolved since Playboy was launched in 1953.

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Afghanistan Women Standing Strong   by Lauryn Oates
Afghanistan Women Standing Strong

Afghanistan Women Standing Strong

In July, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Justice announced several revisions to the now infamous Shia Personal Status Law. The law, signed by President Hamid Karzai in April, contains 249 articles regulating marriage and family life for the country’s Shia minority, who account for an estimated 20 to 30 percent of the population.

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