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WGS160Y1 Lecture Notes - Murder Of Reena Virk, Femicide, Intersectionality

Women and Gender Studies
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June Larkin

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Intersectionality and Gender Violence
Violence, Colonialism and Genocide
Individual & Structural Forms of Violence
Responses to Gender Violence
Guest-Speaker: Nadia Saad, No One is Illegal
Violence against women has a long history.
It also takes many forms
o i.e. the marriage manual
o The more you beat the better they'll be
Men of colour are more likely to be charged and committed than a white man
Gendered violence > to acknowledge the violence against trans people
o Physical and emotional violence
Reena Virk
o Teenage girls and violence
o Murdered November 1997
o Girls killing girls
Brutalized, beaten, drowned
Reason: overweight girl who didn't fit in
Victoria BC
6 girls, 1 boy
"didn't fit in" her race ? Race was not touched upon in the new but it was a part of the bullying
The murder of Reena Virk needs to be understood in the context of violence against racially
subordinated women
Amnesty International
o Stolen Sisters, Discrimination and violence against Indigenous women in Canada
o Highway of Tears (missing women in BC)
o "The social and economic marginalization of Indigenous women, along with a history of government
policies that have torn apart Indigenous families and communities, has pushed a disproportionate
number of Indigenous women into dangerous situations that include extreme poverty, homelessness
and prostitution"
o When certain (indigenous, poor, of colour, etc) women called 911, no response or delayed response.
Different Forms of Violence as They Affect Women's Security
o Rape (Gang, Marital, Partner, Date)
o Assault
o Harassment
o Femicide
o Medical Violence
o War
o Cultural Violence
o Massacres and Terrorism
The more barbaric & stereotypical & backward & violent the women made their culture sound, the more
successful their refugee status claims went through
o What's missing ? The conditions that produce the world's refugees
o How did Canada participate in the conditions ? Colonialism, Developmental Projects, etc
o "We are here because you were there"
o Transnational ! Western going to their society causing them to leave
No One is Illegal - Toronto
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