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Join The Book Project Collective at Octopus Books on December 3rd for the launch of Resilience and Triumph, an inspiring compilation of stories by immigrant women.
Resilience and Triumph is a fascinating collection of true personal stories from more than 50 racialized immigrant women who have made Canada their home over the last five decades. Women in their twenties to those in their seventies provide snapshots of their experiences of both welcome and inclusion, capturing both the historical and everyday moments from their unique perspectives. Faced with adversity, isolation, marginalization, patriarchy, and racism, the women outline their struggles, display their courage, and reveal the strength, inspiration, and resourcefulness that have helped them claim their place and making meaningful contributions to the nation.
The Book Project Collective encompasses women from diverse cultural, linguistic, religious backgrounds and national origins who share a passionate commitment to the community of immigrant and racialized women in Canada. It formed around a shared purpose – to help those whose voices are muted, those who are differentiated as racialized others and labeled “visible minority,” “newcomer,” and “woman of colour” articulate their life stories.
The collective Members are:
Rashmi Luther is a retired academic (Carleton University) who continues to be engaged in community-based social justice activities, especially those concerning immigrants and racialized communities. Dr. Vanaja Dhruvarajan is an adjunct professor at Carleton University, Canada who has done research, and written a number of books and articles on racialized women. Ikram Jama is an educator, and an activist who is committed to contributing to the creation of an accepting and inclusive community. Yumi Kotani is a committed practitioner of equity and inclusion for all, who is inspired by the sheer beauty of human diversity. Dr. Monia Mazigh is an author and a human rights advocate. Dr. Peruvemba S. Jaya is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa, researching immigrant women’s issues and experiences. Lucya Spencer is the Executive Director of Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO) , an educator and community advocate who continues to work towards influencing change.
Thursday, December 3 2015
Octopus Books Centretown
251 Bank St. 2nd floor
Hosted by CBC's Adrian Harewood