# Summer 2022

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HERIZONS Summer 2022 | VOLUME 36 NO. 2

FEATURES

WOMEN AND THE WAR IN UKRAINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Responding to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Alona Bushynska, 32, worked as a makeup artist and
teacher in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, before Russia invaded
her country in February. Following the invasion, she joined
one of the military reserve components of the Ukraine
army. Read about how women have reacted to the invasion
by helping others, fl eeing and protesting in solidarity.
by Dario Sabaghi

ALICE WALKER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Gathering Blossoms Under Fire
In Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice
Walker, editor Valerie Boyd worked alongside the acclaimed
author and activist to deliver an absorbing volume in
which Walker shares her refl ections on writing, family,
friends, lovers, politics and travel from 1965 to 2000. Not
surprisingly, the journals paint a portrait of Walker as a
woman in full and unfettered possession of herself.
by Evelyn C. White

REVOLUTION ROAD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . 20
How to End Gendered Violence and Save Women’s Lives
Emergency shelters for those experiencing gendered
violence is critical for the safety of survivors. But radical,
systemic changes are needed to help survivors as they
enter the legal system as well as a host of preventive
measures to stop gendered violence once and for all.
by Abigail Matula

RADICAL NATURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
The Poetry of Yvonne Blomer
Yvonne Blomer has an interesting interpretation of her
three-year stint as Poet Laureate for the City of Victoria.
“I decided that ‘poet laureate’ was a political role,” she tells
Herizons, “and that in a political role, I should try to do
something really big, like try to protect the Pacifi c Ocean.”
by Sarah Ens 18

NEWS
WHAT A FEMINIST JOB RECOVERY LOOKS LIKE . . . . . . . . . . . ..6
by Abiola Regan
HIJAB BAN SPARKS PROTEST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . 9
by Deepa Kandaswamy
FAFIA REPORT EXPOSES MOUNTING MISOGYNY . .  . . . . . .  10

ARTS & IDEAS

SCREEN TIME
Fanny: The Right to Rock, directed by Bobbi
Jo Hart, reviewed by Maureen Medved;
Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy,
directed and written by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers,
reviewed by Sonya Ballantyne.

SCREEN TIME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Stateless, Directed by Michèle Stephenson
Review by Dipti Gupta

MUSIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . 29
Myst Milano, Shapeshyfter; Tanya Tagaq, Tongues
Reviews by Rosie Long Decter

SUMMER READING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Songs for Angel by Marie-Claire Blais, translated
by Katia Grubisic; When We Lost Our Heads by
Heather O’Neill; The Music Game by Stéfanie
Clermont, translated by J.C. Sutcliffe; This is How
I Disappear by Mirion Malle; Tongues: On Longing
and Belonging Through Language, edited by Eufemia
Fantetti, Leonarda Carranza and Ayelet Tsabari;
Okay, Universe: Chronicles of a Woman in Politics
by Valerie Plante and Delphie Côté-Lacroix,
translated by Helge Dascher; Gold Rush by Claire
Caldwell; Frontiers of Feminism: Movements and
Influences in Québec and Italy, 1960–80 by Jacinthe
Michaud; Bent Out of Shape: Shame, Solidarity, and
Women’s Bodies at Work by Karen Messing.