Student who was blinded by her ex-husband graduates from UBC

When she returned to Vancouver from a disastrous trip to Bangladesh in 2011, Rumana Monzur looked beaten. She spoke to reporters at Vancouver International Airport from a wheelchair, her eyes – blinded in an attack by her then-husband – hidden behind dark glasses and her head bowed, tears streaming down her cheeks. But Monzur, 38, persevered, […]

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Photographer Uses Disney Princesses To Draw Attention To Real-Life Issues

We like to think Disney princesses live happily ever after. But what if they were confronted with some of the uglier aspects of reality? Shannon Dermody, is a  talented 20-year-old photographer from Hancock, NY who currently attends Antonelli Institute in Philadephia, PA with a major in photography. Shannon used her talent to capture unnamed photo series featuring […]

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A Conversation Between A Woman And Her Rapist About Toxic Masculinity

Twenty years ago, when she was 16 years old, Thordis Elva was raped by her then-boyfriend, Tom Stranger, who was 18 at the time. Thordis had been drinking rum before their Christmas dance in December of 1996 ― when she was too sick to stay out, Tom took her home, and proceeded to rape her. […]

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Silence and powerlessness go hand in hand – women’s voices must be heard

Being unable to tell your story is a living death, and sometimes a literal one. If no one listens when you say your ex-husband is trying to kill you, if no one believes you when you say you are in pain, if no one hears you when you say help, if you don’t dare say […]

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Slave Husbands of Hong Kong: the Men who Marry into Servitude

Shahid Sandhu’s sense of loss and anxiety from his loveless marriage knows no bounds. But his is more than a bad connection.From the time he left Pakistan to join his new wife overseas four years ago, she, her brothers and her parents have been controlling his every move. They force him to work round the clock, […]

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Powerful Photos Will Make You Think Differently About Male Mental Health

When it comes to mental health, stigma and stereotyping still prevails – particularly when it comes to men’s mental health. Suicide remains the biggest killer of men aged under 45, with many unable to cope with or talk about how they feel. The traditional notion of masculinity is in large part to blame, coupled with […]

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Samra’s story: When marital abuse did not break her

  I was 16 when I was forced to marry a stranger and move from the United Arab 
Emirates to Canada. 
Over the next decade, 
I was isolated, humiliated and assaulted. The whole time, 
I was planning my escape​ In 1999, in Abu Dhabi, Samra was a brilliant 16-years-old student of grade 11, dreaming to […]

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As femicide rates spike, mother of murdered beauty queen says ‘women aren’t worth anything’ in Honduras

In 2014, 95 % of sexual violence and femicide cases were never investigated at all – and Maria Jose Alvarado’s mother says her daughter’s murder was only investigated because of her fame.  On November 13, 2014, 19-year-old María José Alvarado and her 23-year-old sister, Sofia Trinidad, disappeared after a party at the home of Trinidad’s […]

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Non-Consensually Removing a Condom During Sex is Sexual Assault

Differentiating between consensual sex and sexual assault doesn’t seem like it should be rocket science, but the growth of awareness of “stealthing,” or the nonconsensual removal of a condom during sex, has launched another discussion on the subject.  A new study explores the phenomenon of “stealthing”  — giving a name to an act many people […]

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Silicon Valley CEO Got Just Two Weeks In Jail for Domestic Violence

  Sexual harassment, criminal sentencing, and immigration have been hot button issues in the news of late. There are the allegations against Fox’s Roger Ailes, and questions over how the Trump administration will approach criminal justice. There are debates over federal funding for sanctuary cities, not to mention the problem of H1B visas after various […]

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