HFZF Interview with Zinesters – Unpack Magazine



Tell us a little about yourself and your zine/project/distro.

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


SACHA BroadCAST – Feminist Links and Hijinks N0. 29


Whoa!  It’s been a while since we broadcast anything…

Let’s get to it!

Actor Gina Torres had some amazing things to say about sexism and sci-fi:

Gina Torres awesomeness

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!’

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November/December Women’s Press


As usual, there’s lots of good stuff in the most recent issue of the Immigrant Women’s Centre’s Women’s Press:

  • accessing health as a newcomer or refugee
  • dealing with grief
  • systems of care
  • 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.

You can read the entire issue on the Women’s Press website or pick one up at SACHA’s office.

New Issue of Women’s Press


You should check out this month’s issue of The Women’s Press put out by the Immigrant Women’s Centre.

Just look at this run down of a couple of the topic:

  • Is Hamilton an inclusive community?
  • My name as a barrier
  • Ideas for systematic change
  • Hamilton’s to five most welcoming spaces for newcomer women
  • Targets of G20 profiling speak out

Check out the online version here.

New Issue of Women’s Press


The Immgrant Women’s Centre just published the new issue of Women’s Press!

Please check it out.  This issue’s focus is on housing and homelessnes for women.

There are also article’s about the history of TBTN in Hamilton and male participation in TBTN by Taylor.

You can pick Women’s Press up all over Hamilton for free.  If you would like to read it online click here.