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Talk on Gendercide with LA Matheson Students

Had the opportunity to speak to high school students in Surrey at LA Matheson today. Spoke on the inspiration behind GirlKIND and delved into the issues of gendercide. We watched the trailer to the film www.itsagirlmovie.com followed by a lengthy discussion.

Very interesting discussion which brought up some interesting stories and viewpoints. One student spoke about how often he challenges his family members when a child is born into their family, girl or boy. When a girl is born the mother is often consoled, not to worry as she can try again. When a boy is born, celebrations are kicked off and congratulations are spread amoungst family and relatives.


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It's A Girl | Film Screening Mouat Secondary High School

Many thanks to student Jasmeen Sandhu and teacher Jinny St-Hilaire for organizing and facilitating a screening of the film "It's A Girl," this Friday evening. 

The screening was part of the students' social justice projects, where they had to pick a global issue, present the problem and solutions alongside. After the presentation and screening we had an engaging discussion  with student participation.

The film left many feeling shocked and saddened by the stories they heard. Seeing the stories from China were the most surprising as many of the myths of the "pregnancy police," actually could be seen in reality. I asked the students to describe how they felt after seeing the film in just one word, this is what they said: saddeded, hurt, inspired, surprised, devestated, angry...


MARD {Men Against Rape & Discrimination }

Bollywood actor-director Farhan Akhtar is promoting a campaign called MARD - Men Against Rape and Discrimination - to get Indian men to respect women at a time when the country is outraged over cases of brutal violence against women.

Pallavi Purkayastha, 25, a young lawyer with a successful career ahead of her, was murdered in her flat in August last year after a man tried to rape her. (BBC)

"That was one of the reasons why I had to get involved. Why I had to do something. We all wonder what can we do to stop this, but nobody is telling us how we can do it." --Farhan Akhtar


Aamir Khan: One of 100 Influential People in the World

One of our fave Bollywood stars, Aamir Khan has been described as a pioneer. Khan has been recognized for his contribution to raising awareness of social issues in India such as female foeticide and child abuse through his popular TV series Satyamev Jayate. He is featured on the cover of Time Magazine as one of 100 most influential people in the world.

"Satyamev Jayate was not intended to provide solutions but to ask hard questions, the kind society is often reluctant to address. By showing the courage to ask those questions, Aamir has started a movement that will help change the world in which Indians live. Jai ho!!"--A.R Rahman

He has been instrumental in the passing of a child protection bill by the Indian Parliament to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. He also recently met British Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the matter of gender inequality in India. Jai ho indeed!