Category Archives: Youth

Unfettered Youth

On this episode, we explore stories of youth and expression. First, we have a chat with Edmonton’s first youth poet laureate, Charlotte Cranston, who reflects on being the first to take on the position and becoming a mentor to young writers. Then we hear some excerpts from a talk recorded at Eurekamp, where a group of teenage campers share their perspective on what it means to be beautiful.

Feminist News Round Up! Malala, Somali Women, Sextortion, Residential Schools

Hey all! There is a lot of feminist news today so I thought I would post it!!


APTN National News
As Charlene Bearhead sheds light on one of Canada’s darkest moments students of all ages look on.

They hang on her every word.

They hear about the atrocities of the Indian Residential School system as part of a large group of non-Aboriginal student’s participating in “Project of Heart” at the University of Alberta this week.

This comes almost two decades removed from the closure of the last residential school in Canada.

APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan has the story.

Here’s the link to the video: Getting to the Heart of Residential Schools


‘Sextortion’ – He guys it is wrong to sexual extort women over the internet. This is wrong and can get you up to 105 years in prison. Don’t do it.

A man who is said to have blackmailed more than 350 women after convincing them to strip off in front of their webcams has been arrested in the US.

Prosecutors said Karen “Gary” Kazaryan, 27, had hacked into hundreds of Facebook, Skype and email accounts to obtain naked or semi-naked pictures.

It is alleged he threatened to post the nude images of victims publicly unless they removed their clothing on camera.

If convicted, he could receive a maximum jail sentence of 105 years.


Our favorite 15 year old, Malala Yousafzai is still recovering from having a bullet removed from her spine.


This is an awesome story about Somali women returning to the country to rebuild.

Safia Yassin Farah is 34 and her desk is that of a high-flying executive anywhere in the world, except that the view from her office is of high walls, wire and armed guards.

She left the US to take up a post working with young people in Mogadishu, helping them obtain an education and skills.

“I’m here to stay. I’ve quit my job,” Ms Farah says, sounding thrilled and scared at the same time.

“I grew up in the US and got my degree at the University of New Hampshire. I had a job, a house, I had everything.”

She says she was motivated to return after hearing about the plight of Somali children caught up in violence, including being recruited by the al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Shabab, which has lost control of Mogadishu and other towns to Amisom and government forces but still controls many rural areas of southern and central Somalia.


Bitch Media has a great article about the uproar cause from a political profile that calls out sexism.

Weekly News Roundup! – Model’s Rights, #1reasonwhy and Women in Gaming, and Events!

Hey Folks!

News Links:

The BBC has an awesome feature on the right’s of models.  The feature talks about the demand for child labour in the industry, the pressure that women are under to maintain a certain body type, and how they are dehumanized and abused. Sara Ziff, model and author of the feature produced a documentary in 2009 entitle “Picture Me”. Here’s the trailer:

“Picture Me” has been storming the fashion world since its release in Spring 2010. This is how the fashion world looks like, from the inside.

The hashtag #1reasonwhy has been trending on twitter. It addresses sexism in the game industry and has women who work in the industry addressing the number one reason why it sucks to be a woman in the gaming industry.

Also David Gaider a writer for the local game company Bioware addressed why it is sooooo crucial to have a female perspective in game development.

The UN’s Millenium Development Goals will be addressing LGBTQ discrimination in the post-2015 agenda.

Jacob Tobia, a human rights intern for the UN writes:

For lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people across the world, this is an important moment. Given the vast and overwhelming nature of the discrimination faced by the LGBTI community worldwide, it is important that the post-2015 agenda addresses the development needs of LGBTI people. This is because, in so many respects, homophobia and development cannot mix.

From Two Aboriginal Women have been honoured with the Order of Canada.

Aaju Peter is an Inuk lawyer, clothing designer and activist. She spent a lifetime fighting for Inuit rights and raising awareness about the challenges faced in the North.

Michele Rouleau is the former present of the Quebec Native Women’s Association and is now the president of Wabanok Productions. She’s being recognized for her years of dedication to the Aboriginal and human rights.

Events in Edmonton:

Friday at the Citadel there’s a Rising Youth Poetry Slam hosted by the Breath in Poetry Collective, the Rising Youth Poetry Slam is an opportunity for young poets to showcase their art to their friends, family and peers. Though this event is structured as a competitive poetry slam, the idea is for each young poet to challenge themselves.

Dec 6, all day there will be an ICE vigil to acknowledge and remember the Montreal Massacre as well as draw attention to issues of gender based violence on campus. There will be hot chocolate at noon! It is being organized by Feminists at the U of A, Engineers without Boarders, and AP!RG. The vigil will happen infront of ETLC on the University of Alberta campus.

There will be an encore screening of “Who Cares”, a documentary addressing sex work and prostitution in Edmonton. This will take place on Dec 9th at the Metro Cinema. I attended the premier earlier this week and it was fantastic, also sold out!! I highly recommend the film!

Around the Web: Climate Change and Women, All Girls Schools, Tough on Crime Agenda, Pink Ribbon Campaigns

Here’s some stuff to check out from around the web:

  • The Population Action Council recently released this film, on the impact of climate change on women.
  • There’s a debate on at Feministing about single-sex school (ex. all girls schools). Go take part! 
  • An article on why the Conservatives’ “tough on crime” agenda is bad for marginalized women.
  • And an article on the challenges facing women who leave prisons and why prisons don’t actually address the problems that lead women to commit crimes.
  • Criticisms on breast cancer awareness product marketing.