Join Hastings Alumni and Retired Judges Lillian Sing and Julie Tang, at the "Comfort Women" Justice Coalition panel discussion on Japan's WWII sexual slavery system in 13 occupied countries including China, Korea, and the Philippines. Learn the history, denials, and the legal framework of redress for Japan's "Comfort Women".
Based on true stories, SOLD, is the story of Lakshmi who journeys from a pastoral, rural village in Nepal to a gritty brothel/prison called Happiness House in Kolkata, India. This poignant film is an urgent call to halt child trafficking and empower survivors of trafficking all over the world.
The Filipina victims of sexual slavery were not acknowledged during Emperor Akihito's visit to the Philippines last week. Filipina comfort women have been demanding recognition and justice from the Japanese government for the sexual exploitation and violence they suffered at the hands of Japanese soliders during WWII. There are about 70 Filipina comfort women still living, many of whom are over 80 years old. Their resolve and fight for justice remains unwavering after 60 years of struggle. News story from The New York Times.
Did you know that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime? Let's get together to end the stigma for female victims of violence. Join us on V-Day (February 14th) with #1BillionRising in a worldwide #Rise4Revolution by using Thunderclap, an online flashmob that allows a single message to be mass-shared at the same time. Sign-up to show your support!
A story of resilience and tenacity. Ex-trafficked Filipina domestic worker Judith Daluz is turning her fate around. Judith recently started her own cleaning business, Damayan Cleaning Cooperative, a worker-owned cooperative supported by New York’s city council's Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative, a $1.2 million dollar fund directed to 11 organizations with experience incubating cooperatives in low-income communities of color. News story from YesMagazine.org.
A new documentary profiling Filipina trans activist January Marie Lapuz is due for release in early 2016. January Lapuz was a social coordinator and advocate for Sher Vancouver, a social, cultural and support group for LGBTQ South Asians and their friends in Surrey, Canada. The film is an homage to January who was brutally murdered in 2012. January: We Matter sheds light on trans women of colour who are being murdered at an unprecedented rate and addresses issues important to the trans community including access to educational opportunities, equitable employment, poverty and violence. News story from The Georgia Straight.