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Cendrine Marrouat: The slogan of your organization is: “We Talk Women aspires to engage citizens in a conversation that will break the silence that most often surrounds women’s rights injustices and sexual, physical, emotional violence.” What kind of events and initiatives do you organize to raise awareness of these issues?
Kavita Dogra: Our annual Join Me on the Bridge event happens on International Women’s Day and it is peaceful yet meaningful. We stand in solidarity for our global sisters that continue to fight for basic human rights.
We Talk Women also hosts documentary screenings. Our first one was “The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo,” and more recently we screened “Stolen Sisters,” which documents the plight of Aboriginal women in Canada. These screenings provide the audience with an opportunity to learn more about a specific women’s rights issue and engage in a conversation about it. What we hear most often when talking to people is, “I had no idea” or they have some idea but are unaware of the statistics.
Violence against women happens everywhere, the goal of our events is to shed light on both local and global issues. We are also hoping to collaborate with existing NGOs working in this field to amplify the message that the battle is not over. Women’s rights have come a long way but equality has not yet been achieved.
CM: You recently held an event to raise awareness of the hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. How was the experience?
KD: It felt like the spirits of our stolen sisters were there in the room with us. Every person in that room experienced something meaningful and left enlightened.
We had Darren and Megan open the evening for us and their music gave us chills. They truly touched our hearts and could not have been better suited to begin the event.
Our guest speaker, Angel Wolfe, made the documentary come to life. Her story, her presence, her tears and her smile made us grateful for the opportunity of having her.
When we started spreading the news about Angel being our guest speaker, I received an email from a woman named Michele and it read, “I am the mother on Stephanie Lane from Vancouver whose DNA was found on the Pickton farm. I met Angel Wolfe during the inquiry and have never met a more amazing young woman. We have become quite close and I have told her on more than 1 occasion that she has filled a part of my heart that was empty for so long when my daughter was taken from me. I just wanted to let the organizers know how lucky they are to have her speak and though I would love to be there, I will be there in spirit.”
We had a feeling that this event would be truly special and it was. One of the attendees sent us this message the day after the event, “…And then, to have Angel Wolfe present to tell her story was quite amazing. The spiritual presence of each woman lost…was in the room! The performance of the spiritual healing music was a revelation…I thank you and Leigh for this experience!!!”
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