SEXUAL ASSAULT, What is Consent?

Globally, the term "sexual assault" covers behavior from unwanted touching to rape. Each state has its own legal definition and criminal code, and thus definitions of acts that constitute sexual assault vary. These definitions are gender neutral because sexual assault happens to both females and males, although the vast majority of sexual assault victims are females. The Canadian Women's Foundation reports that 96% of Canadians agree sexual activities between partners should be consensual, … [Read more...]

MISS WORLD CANADA, Moni Ogunsuyi – VOTE TODAY!

Monisola Ogunsuyi also known as Moni was born on March 24th, 1994 in downtown Toronto. She is of Nigerian decent and proud of her Nigerian-Canadian culture. Growing up was very hard for Moni and at times she almost thought it was impossible. She grew up in a very violent and toxic home and suffered from depression and anxiety because of it. At the ages of 16 and 17 she was also sexually assaulted and has been a survivor of domestic violence as well. She has been on her own since she was 16 … [Read more...]

Gender and Women’s Mental Health

Gender disparities and mental health: The Facts Mental illness is associated with a significant burden of morbidity and disability. Lifetime prevalence rates for any kind of psychological disorder are higher than previously thought, are increasing in recent cohorts and affect nearly half the population. Despite being common, mental illness is underdiagnosed by doctors. Less than half of those who meet diagnostic criteria for psychological disorders are identified by doctors. Patients, … [Read more...]

Mental Illness, a very ‘taboo’ subject in Islam

Mental Health is an issue needing to be addressed in all communities and all countries in our world today. Below is just one story shared from a community that is plaqued by Stigma, in the realm of acceptance of 'Mental Illness' as a medical condition: "I have always struggled to talk to my family about my mental health problems openly because I was scared I would not get the support that I need but obviously when you live in the same house, you cannot hide it from them. I live with an … [Read more...]

Rape Culture Erases Rape Survivors

Rape culture is a frighteningly insidious thing in the way it reinforces harmful ideas about gender, personal boundaries, consent, and sexual assault. Rape culture encourages the belief that lying about rape or sexual assault is more common than it really is, and it promotes the silencing of women about sexual assault by subjecting them to harsh judgments and the implication that women are responsible for their own assaults. Women who do report their assaults are disbelieved by people they … [Read more...]

Battered Women, “It’s in Your Hands”

Battered Women’s Support Services is making an impact one woman at a time. We contribute to the freedom and liberation of girls and women from violence and to empower our community through training and education programs. For over 30 years, we have been providing counselling and healing spaces for those who have experienced abuse. To help women build strength and resiliency, we work on systemic advocacy, law reform, in-class youth engagement programs and we operate a social enterprise … [Read more...]

Julienne Lusenge – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this woman leader, film maker for social justice for all women, with a focus on the human rights for Women in the DRC - Democratic Republic of Congo.       WOMAN of ACTION™       Julienne Lusenge President of Solidarité féminine pour la paix et le développement integral (Women’s Solidarity for Peace and Integrated Development) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As President, she … [Read more...]

THE SURVIVOR STORIES PROJECT, VAW

THE SURVIVOR STORIES PROJECT: Christine Davis, 46, Germany and USA The Pixel Project is proud to present the Survivor Stories Blog Interview Project in honour of Mother’s Day 2014. The project runs throughout the month of May 2014 and features an interview per day with a survivor of any form of violence against women (VAW) including domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, female genital mutilation, forced/child marriage, sex trafficking, breast ironing etc. A total of 31 VAW survivor … [Read more...]

Parents Fight for 200 Daughters, Nigeria

Girls in CARE program, Guzha Primary School, Zimbabwe. © Josh Estey/CARE Parents Fight For Missing Daughters It's been three weeks since more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria were abducted from their dorm rooms at night – and have yet to be rescued. Hundreds of mothers and fathers are taking to the streets, demanding the return of their missing girls. It's heart-breaking to imagine how they must feel, not knowing if they will ever see their daughters again. It's even more … [Read more...]

Forced to marry her rapist — days until the big vote‏

16 year-old Amina Filali, raped, beaten and forced to wed her rapist, killed herself — the only way she saw to escape the trap set for her by her rapist and Moroccan law. We’ve joined Moroccan activists, campaigning for years to repeal this provision, and now victory is within reach. This week, one last vote could make it happen. Article 475 in Morocco’s penal code allows a rapist to avoid prosecution and a long prison sentence by marrying his victim if she is a minor. It’s any rape … [Read more...]

Moroccan Laws Requiring Women To Marry Their Rapists

End Moroccan Laws Requiring Women To Marry Their Rapists Target: King Mohammed VI Goal: Remove laws requiring victims of sexual abuse to marry their attackers from Moroccan law. In Morrocco, laws force women and young girls to marry their rapists. Despite promises from the Morroccan government to overturn this law, it still remains on the books and rape victims continue to be terrorized by their rapists. A number of survivors of sexual violence have committed suicide in recent months when … [Read more...]

‘A silent majority of men disapproves of violence’, Radwan Chowdhury

“What are Ordinary Men Willing to Do to End Violence Against Women & Girls?”   Most men do not use violence against women, and most believe such violence to be unacceptable. A silent majority of men disapproves of violence, but does little to prevent it. Of most concern, significant numbers of men excuse or justify violence against women. The silence, and encouragement, of male bystanders allows men’s violence against women to continue. Violence against women and girls is a … [Read more...]

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