Monday, February 16, 2009

Tonight's Show - V-Day

Tonight's show is a bit of a mixed bag. We're discussing both Valentine's day and V-day - both of which are celebrated on February 14th.

Here are some links and information about the things we're discussing tonight:

Valentine's Day
The history of valentines day is pretty interesting - it kind of makes me respect the holiday a little bit more. To watch a brief video about the history, check out

V-day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls. This year V-day organizers are focusing on the issue of rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Another great international initiative for ending violence against women is Amnesty's International's Stop Violence Against Women campaign.

Violence Against Women
In light of V-day, we're talking about some recent incidents of violence against women that have been in the media.
  • Obviously, the incident between Chris Brown and Rihanna has been all over the blog-o-sphere, and we'll be discussing that tonight.
  • We'll also be talking about a very cool movement in India - A Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women. Check out the Facebook group and Fan Page.
Domestic Violence in Nunavut
Finally, we will be discussing the very serious issue of violence against women in northern Canada. Nunavut territory has a violent crime rate 8x greater than the rest of Canada, and 90% of the victims are women.

Iqaluit singer Lucie Idlout wrote a song called "Lovely Irene" in honour of her friend who suffered domestic abuse. When the acoustic version of the song (which is titled Angel Street) was discovered by the mayor of Iqaluit, Elisapee Sheutiapik, she started a campaign to have each capital city in Canada use the name "Angel" in a street name as a way of paying tribute to victims of domestic violence.

Below is a video about the only women's shelter in Iqaluit. The video features the acoustic version of Lucie Idlout's song Angel Street.

Remember to tune in tonight at 8:30 pm on CJSW 90.9 fm or stream it live from

1 comment:

  1. This was such an excellent show! And the video about the people of Iqaluit was very moving. Lucy Idlout and the people of the women' s shelter in Iqaluit are such powerful symbols of why our country needs to stay connected with what's going on outside of our cellular lives.

    It's so easy to get wrapped up in what feminism means to each of us personally and, thus, easy to forget exactly how important it is to hear each others stories and respond not only with compassion, but with action. I think it will be great to see if all of the nation's capitols name one of their streets Angel Street. I hope the proposal continues to be taken seriously and that each mayor will follow through.