The Interviews

This section contains supplementary interview material from the Constitute! project. Sally Armstrong, noted Canadian journalist and human rights activist, interviewed the women in the film at the Canadian Forum on Women’s Activism in Constitutional and Democratic Reform. The youth crew worked with the NFB CitizenShift program to interview the youth.

Global Conversations with Sally Armstrong

Sally Armstrong Interviews

Dr. Simar Samar is the Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.

Mary Balikungeri, the Director of the Rwanda Women’s Network, talks about the Rwandan genocide and its impact on women and children and the role at the network plays in reconciliation and building a health society in Rwanda.

Malalai Joya has been called the ‘woman who will not be silenced’ while she exposes the dangerous and difficult situation for the Afghan people.

Dr. Gertrude Fester, a feminist activist, educator, poet and writer from South Africa, who is a former Member of Parliament, and a Commissioner of the Gender Commissioner. She discusses a brief herstory of South African women’s rights and the parallels to the Canadian women’s movement.

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Racism and Gender Equality

The marginalization of racialized women still continues in Canada. See what Dr. Carrie Best said in 1981 and Joanne St. Lewis in 2006. We still have a long way to go in Canada to address the racism in our society.