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International Women’s Day: What This Day Should Be About.

Yesterday, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau shared on Facebook her visions for what International Women’s Day in Canada should look like. It read:  “Are you ready to ignite change? This week, as we mark International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the boys and men in our lives who encourage us to be who we truly are, who treat […]

Celebrities Assault Women, and we Still Reward Them.

Donald Trump, Chris Brown, Woody Allen. What do they all have in common? They are all men who sexually assaulted women and lost their careers. Oh wait, no. Never mind. I was just dreaming of an alternate universe where men are held accountable for their actions. Where criminals lose their jobs. Where rapists go to […]

Being an Ally for Black History Month.

Black History Month, originally known as “Negro History Week,” was created by the historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926. One of the first African Americans to receive a degree from Harvard University, Dr. Woodson noted that most history books largely failed to acknowledge the contributions of African Americans to society. Woodson dedicated much of his […]

Canada’s Response to Trump’s Muslim Ban: Step Up.

On January 25th, Donald Trump issued an Executive Order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries (Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq) from entering the US for the next 90 days, as well as suspending the US refugee system for the next 120 days. With its initiation, the ban immediately held up countless travelers […]

Is There Longevity To The Women’s March on Washington?

The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us. The Women’s March on Washington (WMW) will take place this upcoming […]

Debunking Rape Myths.

Researchers have found that debunking rape myths through social norms can reduce men’s rape proclivity. Research shows that a low rape myth acceptance (perceived or actual) by a community strongly reduces men’s tendencies of sexual assault. The research is telling us that cultural opposition to rape myths makes men less likely to commit rape. The […]

2016: The Good, The Bad, and The Bright Side.

It feels as though 2016 was the saddest, harshest and most frightening year in the history of the universe. The geopolitical climate continued its downward spiral, with a seemingly hopeless situation in Syria and countless other countries, from CAR to Chad, plagued by violence and war. As a result of this instability, 2016 saw the […]