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Unpack Magazine is published by the Immigrant Women’s Centre. We are committed to sharing stories through a gendered and anti-oppressive lens, and focused on highlighting issues that women, immigrants, and refugees in Hamilton face.
To ‘unpack’ means to analyze the nature of, or examine in detail. That is precisely what we hope to do in Hamilton – unpack social justice issues of race, class, and gender – and contribute to the conversation of how to make our city the best it can be.
The IWC is an equality seeking, anti-racist, charitable organization dedicated to the social, political and economic inclusion of refugee and immigrant women in a just and supportive Canadian society. We are committed to enabling refugee and immigrant women to discover and build their new futures through skills development and settlement support.Continue reading
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Actor Gina Torres had some amazing things to say about sexism and sci-fi:
I walk into a room, and for this industry, I’m impossibly tall. When they find it hard to pair you up with the opposite sex, then what’s left for a woman? Either you’re the tall ball-buster or the not-so-attractive girlfriend standing by the lead. I mean, traditionally not-so-attractive. Because you have your starlets and then you have their best friends who are these character actresses. When you fall within the cracks, you thank God for sci-fi, because they’ll give you a gun and they’ll say, ‘Go over there and conquer that world. You kick some ass, girl!’
the impact of Bill C-31 on Canada’s immigration system
resistance to refugee health cuts
can women succeed in the skilled trades?
sharing birthing stories
how does being a being a refugee affect your health?
film and book reviews
And McMaster University Social Work Student, Shahzi Bokhari, shares her experience of her first Take Back the Night:
TBTN reminds us as women that we are not just victims of our society, we are citizens who have the right and responsibility to make social change towards justice by standing in solidarity and supporting our fellow sisters. I did not expect that TBTN would be so thought-provoking or that it would impact me so profoundly.
There’s also a TBTN edition of ‘What Women Are Talking About’ that is totally worth checking out. Amazing answers! Thanks to all the TBTN participants who responded so thoughtfully!
‘What Women Are Talking About’ Women’s Press. Issue 18 — November/December 2012.