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You Cannot Reduce Poverty if Women Can’t Work

2017-12-19T16:39:14+00:00November 14, 2016|Guest bloggers, Impact stories, Women’s poverty|

Jahangir SultanaThis post was originally published on the Coady International Institute’s blog.

Sultana Jahangir has seen too many educated women lose their dreams. It’s why the Bangladeshi-born founder of the South Asian Women’s Rights Organization (SAWRO) in Toronto is laser-focused when persuading politicians and bureaucrats to do the right thing.

“Two out of three women who use our services have a master's degree, but have trouble finding work,” she says.

Shaneen’s Story: Seeing a Path to Social Justice

2017-12-19T16:39:45+00:00November 2, 2016|Empowering girls, Impact stories, SHE Magazine, Violence against women|

ShaneenIn high school, Shaneen Cotterell signed up for ReAct: Respect in Action, a violence prevention program that stoked her interest in social justice. As told to Jessica Howard.

In grade 11, my social science teacher suggested I try the ReAct after-school program, because she knew I was interested in the issues it covered. When I saw that the program talked about things like oppression, gender stereotypes, abuse, and healthy relationships, I signed up and stayed involved through Grades 11 and 12.