Women On Air"Women on Air" is a spoken-word documentary program on anything and everything of interest to women. It is produced by a collection of rotating hosts and contributors.
Professor Cathy Richardson from the University of Victoria's School of Social Work talks about her violence prevention work as a therapist, researcher and activist. Cathy discusses response-based practice, which she uses in her work with individuals and groups who have faced violence. Then, Women on Air interviews Lynne Van Luven about the Coastal Spectator, which is UVic's views and reviews journal. Lynne and host Robyn Spilker also talk about the purpose of reviews, and how review writing is a way students can get involved in local art scenes.Tags:
Today’s Women on Air focuses on what's happening in the local community. Casey White talks about LIV your LIFE, an upcoming dragonboating event that raises fund for period kits for girls is Malauwi. Then Eric Berndt promotes Aids Vancouver Island's annual event, Dining Out For Life. Lastly, local author Ramona McKean stops by CFUV's studio to talk about her new book, Dancing in the Heart of the Dragon: A Memoir of China.
This podcast features a reading by Menominee two-spirit poet Chrystos. Chrystos read her powerful poetry on March 5, 2013 at the Legacy Art Gallery as a fundraiser for PEERS Victoria. PEERS is a local organization that provides support, resources, and programs specifically for past and current sex workers—any gender—as well as help with housing, training and volunteering opportunities, advocacy and public education around sexual exploitation and the issues of adult sex work. Learn more about PEERS at peers.bc.ca.
It was an honour to be able to record and podcast Chrystos' reading for PEERS Victoria. Not only is Chrystos a renowned writer, artist and activist, she is also experiential in sex work, citing this experience and its associated stigma as "the very core of my activism & the strength of my work." Chrystos' work has been included in over forty anthologies and she has authored six books of poetry. She is the winner of the 1994 Audre Lorde International Poetry Competition, the Human Rights Foundation Freedom of Expression Award and Astraea National Lesbian Action Foundation Sappho Award of Distinction.
This episode feature’s University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law (UVic Law) stage reading of “8,” a play about California's Proposition 8 written by the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Milk and J. Edgar. UVic Law is one of the first Canadian venues to have obtained rights to perform this play, joining a cross-border, nationwide movement in support of same-sex marriage.
This episode of Women on Air also features the newest interview from Collective member Trisha House. Trish does monthly, in-depth interviews with interesting women leaders and local community contributors. This month she’s brought us an interview with Sandra Scarth, whose life has been about children – working for them, writing about them, and being a national advocate for them. Sandra Scarth is also the most recent recipient of the award Child Advocate of the Year from the North America Council on Adoptable Children.
This March 6, 2013 episode of Women on Air feature women and feminism in media. Elisa Lees Munoz talks about the International Women’s Media Foundation. Founded in 1990, the International Women’s Media Foundation is a vibrant organisation dedicated to strengthening the role of women in the news media worldwide as a means to further freedom of the press. Then Ariana Barer joins me from the F Word Media Collective, a feminist media collective based in Vancouver, BC.
As we focus on families and children in this episode, economist Elisabeth Gugl joins me in the studio. She studies family economics and the decision-making that takes place within families. We talk about the implications the 2013 provincial budget might have for families.
Then Sharon Gregson joins me from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC. The Coalition supports the development of a comprehensive, accessible and affordable community based non-profit child care system in BC and across Canada. Sharon discusses the current state of child care in BC.
Chandra Melting-Tallow is a multidisciplinary artist, an exploratory musician performing as Mourning Coup, and a member of the Siksika Nation. She stops by CFUV's studio to talk about Floodlands, her new art piece that reflects her experience moving through and overcoming historical trauma and colonialism. Then Women on Air features Annalee Lepp, an UVic Associate Professor and the current Chair of Women's Studies. Professor Lepp is the most recent recipient of the UVic’s most prestigious teaching award, the Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. Annalee Lepp discusses how she brings her passion for social justice and critical conversations into her work as a teacher, researcher and writer.
One Billion Rising is an international movement that calls for everyone to rise up against violence against women and draws attention to the fact that this violence is much too common in most places across the globe. Women’s Collective member Jana Gee interviews an organizer of a local One Billion Rising event.
The second half of this show features an excerpt from the event, “In Her Name, Memorializing Indigenous Women and Girls” which happened this Tuesday, February 12. In the words of the organizers, the event was an opportunity to “reflect on the history and purpose of the women’s memorial march, which originated in Vancouver’s downtown eastside and has inspired other marches across turtle island. Since the march began 22 years ago, awareness about violence against Indigenous girls and women has grown significantly as the Pickton case and subsequent inquiry gained international attention. Yet gendered violence continues to be a daily reality for Indigenous girls and women everywhere.” The excerpt features organizer and presenter Sarah Hunt of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation.
Women on Air: The Role of Viking Masculinities in Iceland's Economic Collapse and Local Women in Music (Feb. 6, 2013)
Dr. Thorgerdur Einarsdottir, a Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Iceland, joins me to talk about her lecture, entitled “Finance Viking, Masculinities and the Economic Collapse in Iceland.” Then musicians Robin Brownwright, Marley Daemon & Betty Supple perform live in studio.
Sindy Angel stops by the studio to talk about the UVic Women’s Centre annual Panty Drive which is happening until February 10th, 2013. During the Panty Drive, the Women’s Centre collects donations of chocolates, new panties, new bras, tampons and pads which are then given to the DTES Women’s Centre and to P.E.E.R.S Victoria. As both organizations address women's immediate needs, feminine sanitary products and panties are in high demand.
The second half of this show features an interview by collective member Trisha House. For her regular contributions to Women on Air, Trish finds local women in the community with interesting lives and stories. For this segment Trisha interviews Penny Whillans, a health psychologist and director of the Canadian Institute for Enneagram Studies. Penny discusses the Enneagram and health psychology as it relates to her work and life.
Robyn speaks with Kate Braidwood from Wonderheads about Grim & Fischer and about her experience with full-masked theatre as part of her coverage of Intrepid Theatre’s Winterlab Festival.
In the last part of the show Robyn interviews Dr. Schauch, one of the speakers at the Victoria Health Show. She is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Canada's premier institute for education and research in naturopathic medicine.
Thirdspace editors Fiona and Kay join Robyn live in-studio to talk about this year's anti-racist, feminist Thirdspace zine that will explore the question 'Does Feminism Matter?'
Dr. Richard Phillips, a local endocrinologist, will discuss current research into how thyroid fluctuations and levels can impact unborn infants and pregnancy outcomes.
Lorna Williams, the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous knowledge an learning, will discuss her research with Aboriginal students to explore the personal, community and environmental characteristics that help them thrive and negotiate an education system that has largely failed Inidgenous Peoples for the past 500 years
In this episode of Women on Air, local activist Daphne Shaed talks about her experience as a transsexual woman promoting trans* rights, women's rights and social justice. Daphne is the Pride Director at the Camosun College Student Society and the author of a blog about her life experience at daphneshaed.wordpress.com. Then economist and SFU professor Majorie Cohen discusses her recent Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report on how BC women's average earnings are lagging behind the average earning of other Canadian women.Tags:
Christina Chan discusses her work as an acupuncturist with Heart & Hands Health Collective.
Then UVic professor Janni Aragon is live in studio to talk about gender and women in North American politics.
Women’s Collective member Trisha House interviews local business owner Rita Cooney. Rita and her husband Dale own and run Breadstuffs Bakery out in Brentwood. Trish interviews Rita about her history with cooking and baking and what it is like to run a small business. They also discuss what it means for Rita and her business to be part of the Brentwood community. Then Robyn Spilker interviews Professor Susan Boyd about drug policy in North American as it has developed into the present day, including the federal government’s recent Safer Streets, Safer Community Act. Susan Boyd discusses too, the unique ways drug laws have impacted women.Tags:
Monday, December 17, from 4 pm to 7 pm a candlelit march will begin at the Legislature buildings and continue down Government Street where speeches will be delivered at Douglas and Discovery Streets.
Join sex workers and their allies in a memorial march to say violence against sex workers must stop now!
This week features interviews with members of Antidote, the Multiracial and Indigenous Girls and Women’s Network. Then Jenny Huston, a radio host with Ireland's Public Radio, talks about her start in broadcasting and her role as a media educator. Elizabeth MacIsaac, artistic director of women's choir Ensemble Laude, also joins Robyn in the studio.Tags:
Dr. Wendy Norman, who is a scholar with the Michael Smith Health Foundation, discusses family planning, contraceptive and abortion services as they have developed historically and exist in Canada today. Then organizers of 'Join the Circle: UVic Acts Against Violence' stop by the studio to discuss this important event taking place at UVic on December 3, 2012 from 11:30am-2:30pm. They reflect on the importance of resisting violence against women, gender-based violence and all forms of violence. Those attending the event and listening to the segment are invited to make a commitment to act against violence in their own lives.Tags:
Eric Berndt, the Communications and Public Relations Officer with Aids Vancouver Island, discusses the important work that AVI does on Vancouver Island serving people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Then Ryan and Katie from Uvic Pride talk about the movie Genderfellator, where director Tobi Hill-Meyer uses a sci-fi DIY film to expose the how gender policing is a common form of violence. The last segment is with Tara Paterson, a volunteer from the Anti-Violence Project here at UVic, commonly known as AVP. As an organization, AVP is committed to addressing and ending gender-based violence on the UVic campus and beyond.Tags:
In the November 14 2012 episode of Women on Air, four of the presenters from TEDxVictoria 2012 are featured. These include Darcy Turenne, a professional mountain biker and filmmaker; Jaigris Hodson, a communications teacher and burlesque performer; Carolyn Herriot, a food security advocate and practitioner of the zero-mile diet; and Donna Morton, the CEO of First Power.