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Poetry reading by the indigenous lesbian feminist poet Chrystos. Recorded on Dec 5th 2020, as part of our annual Montreal Massacre Memorial.

December 24, 2020

COVID-19 did not create the struggles women are currently facing, but highlighted and exasperated their existing struggles. On this episode, 3 feminists groups share the barriers women faced during the pandemic, from the perspective of women in prison, women working in the domestic and caregiving field, as well as women escaping male violence.
This episode features:
- Julie Diesta and Lotis Caluza from the Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers' and Caregivers' Rights
- Alia Perini and Candice Pilgrim from Strength in Sisterhood (Advocates for incarcerated women)
- Sonam Khangura and Hilla Kerner from Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter

September 13, 2020

How do women keep themselves safe? What happens when women use their power in an active way and not as passive beauty ornaments? On this episode, we invite you inside our free feminist self defence workshop. This episode features: Jennifer Kirkey (Instructor at Wenlido West), Gay Ferguson (Instructor at Wenlido West), Sonam Khangura (Vancouver Rape Relief), Catharine Daalton (Vancouver Rape Relief)

June 29, 2020

Dominique Christina is an award-winning poet, author, educator, and activist. She holds poetry slam titles including US National Poetry Slam Champion and Women of the World Slam Champion. Her work is greatly influenced by her family's legacy in the Civil Rights Movement and by the idea that words make worlds. This podcast is an excerpt from Dominique’s workshop at Vancouver Rape Relief’s event for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in 2018.

June 11, 2020

In Canada, as in many other parts in the world, women first operated rape crisis centres and transition houses in the mid 70’s as part of the second wave of the feminist movement. The collective of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter has been operating a rape crisis centre since 1973 and a transition house since 1981. In April 2009, we invited women who stayed in our own transition house, and in the second stage housing of Monroe House and Safe Choice, to share their experience of using these houses to get free from violent men.

May 12, 2020

In this interview, "black, lesbian, womanist, feminist, poet and survivor" e nina jay tells us how working at a rape crisis center brought her to poetry, how she survives rape and incest, why women-only space is important and how she challenges racism in the feminist movement.

March 29, 2020

This is part 2 of a two part series on reproductive rights. In this episode we speak with Carol Downer, the woman responsible for leading the reproductive self-help movement in the 1970s.

January 11, 2020

Feminists understand that at the root, having control over our own bodies is an important step in working towards the full liberation of women. We reached out to some of the bold women who are fighting for abortion access around the world, for the women of their country.
This episode features:
- Gabriela Rondon, ANIS (Brazil)
- Joanne Neary, Abortion Rights Campaign (Ireland)
- Emma Campbell, Alliance For Choice (Northern Ireland)
This is part one of a two part series on reproductive rights. In part two, we speak with the inspiring Carol Downer, the woman responsible for leading the reproductive self-help movement in the 1970s.

November 1, 2019

All around the world, feminist abolitionists are committed to put an end to prostitution. At the 3rd World Congress Against the Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls in Germany last April, we asked women from different abolitionist groups to dispel prostitution myths. This episode features:
- Sarah Benson, Ruhama (Ireland)
- Valerie Pelletier, La CLES (Canada)
- Ghada Jabour, Kafa (Lebanon)
- Esohe Aghatise, Iroko Onlus (Italy)
- Claire Quidet, Mouvement du Nid (France)
- Cherie Jimenez, Eva Center (United-States)
- Paula Cepeda, Iniciativa Pro Equidad De Género (Columbia)
- Mickey Meji, KWANELE (South Africa)

May 28, 2019

On this episode, we’re travelling to Mainz, Germany, where the 3rd World Congress Against the Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls took place early April 2019. It was hosted by CAP International, the Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution. Ashani and Sophia, collective members at Vancouver Rape Relief, attended the congress and met with feminists from all around the world. They interviewed women from different abolitionist groups about prostitution laws in their country as well as their work for the abolition of prostitution.

This episode features :
- Sarah Benson, Ruhama (Ireland)
- Valerie Pelletier, La CLES (Canada)
- Ghada Jabour, Kafa (Lebanon)
- Esohe Aghatise, Iroko Onlus (Italy)
- Claire Quidet, Mouvement du Nid (France)
- Cherie Jimenez, Eva Center (United-States)

April 21, 2019
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