March 9: Kerry Preibisch and women migrant workers; Shaista Akbar&Ayoun Basharat: Human Rights and Sharia Law

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This month I’ll be looking at various topics that feature work by women in honour of International Women’s Day, marked on March 8th. On Friday’s program I discussed the plight of migrant workers in general and women migrant workers in particular with Dr. Kerry Preibisch, Associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph. She was also a researcher with the Rural Women Making Change research project. Her research includes “international labour migration and global agro-food systems; gender, migration and development; and im/migrant communities in rural Canada.” Preibisch and colleague Evelyn Encalada published an  information guide on Migrant Women Farm Workers in Canada, readers may find useful.

Link to research paper that instigated this story.

Hoeing weeds is backbreaking work on a farm near Wallaceburg in July, 2008. Photo: Jennifer Luckhart

In this clip, Preibisch describes the Rural Women Making Change research project and the specific challenges women migrant farm workers face:

Preibisch describes entering this field of research and what she has found: 


In the second half hour of the program, Shaista Akbar, former director of UWindsor’s Womyn’s Centre and currently Communications Coordinator with University of Windsor Student Alliance, and Ayoun Basharat, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association talked about a conference occurring next week on campus: Human Rights and Sharia Law, Wednesday March 14th.

Religion and human rights are important and sensitive topics and the idea of religious law causes extreme discomfort for many people who believe in the separation of church and state. It seems a conversation must take place to see how the secular and multicultural Canadian reality can accommodate other cultural and religious values. In this clip, Shaista Akbar explains why this seminar at this time: 

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As well, the Shafia murder case shocked Canadians who will ask for many years how parents and siblings could use murder as a solution to a perceived loss of  honour. In this clip, Shaista Akbar comments on the difficulties of immigrant families in light of the recent court case of the Shafia family:

Akbar also commented that honour killings are un-Islamic:

Further reading on Sharia Law and Human Rights was found here

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