Our Spring 2007 issue, which will be out in a couple of weeks, features a fantastic story by Liz Springate on the power storytelling holds to resist violence against women.
Without giving too much away, the piece tells inspiring tales of small acts women can do to contribute to a culture of resisting violence, the most important of which is sharing stories. I watched one of these moments last night on the news, and was reminded of how insightful Liz’s story is: if you look for it, resistance is everywhere, and recognizing these moments can make us stronger.
The CBC showed an interview with Gurjeet Kaur Ghuman, who was shot by her husband twice, in the head, and lived to talk about it (she is now blind). She spoke passionately about the problem of domestic violence in the Indo-Canadian community in B.C. that has seen several women killed by estranged husbands recently. The community has held town hall meetings to try address the problem, at which women stood up in front of their families and friends and explicitly talked about the violence they experienced. I am sure it was not easy for women to do but, like Liz, I think the more stories we hear, the more empowered we can become to resist a culture of violence.
Look out for Lizs story in our new issue.