Supporting the call for investigation, understanding sexual violence complaints against faculty as a women’s equality issue

Published Monday, April 16, 2018

Firdaous Sbaï, Sarah M Mah, Camylle Lanteigne

April 16th, 2018


The Independent Women for Equality McGill (IWEM) is a self-organized group of women students on campus. We support the call for investigation and reform of the complaints process against faculty by the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU). In ...

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Understanding the status of women in racialized communities: An Interview with Professor Vrinda Narain

Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Camylle Lanteigne



The Independent Women for Equality McGill had the privilege of interviewing Professor Vrinda Narain on the status of women in racialized minority communities within Québec and Canada in the context of the “reasonable accommodations” debate. This angle of inquiry was motivated by the disproportionate attention on ...

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Defending the Rights of Indigenous Children in Canada: An Interview with Professor Cindy Blackstock

Published Monday, September 04, 2017

Sarah M Mah, Kateryna Gordiychuk



Dr. Cindy Blackstock is a professor at the McGill School of Social Work, and a member of the Gitskan First Nations. She has 25 years of experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. She is also the Executive Director of the First ...

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One Week at the United Nations, and Some Observations about Women’s Equality

Published Saturday, June 03, 2017

Alexandra Yiannoutsos
June 5th, 2017


The United Nations Commission on Social Development is a conference in its 55th year at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The goal of this annual conference is to foster dialogue about development goals between ambassadors representing member states, non-governmental organizations, students ...

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Conversations on International Women's Day: A Walking Tour on Campus

Published Monday, March 20, 2017

Kateryna Gordiychuk, Sarah M Mah


March 8th is dedicated to International Women's Day - a day to celebrate the gains women have made, and to remind us of the work that still lies ahead of us in achieving equality.


We took a walk on McGill's downtown campus to get a ...

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McGill Students to host Women’s Health Awareness Day on March 18th, 2017

Published Thursday, March 02, 2017

In our mission to talk about women’s equality and achievements on campus, Independent Women for Equality McGill also aims to promote women-centered events initiated by McGill students.


Students from Medlife McGill are hosting Women’s Health Awareness Day on March 18th, 2017. The event will be held at McGill’s New ...

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Women Refuse to Let McGill Student Associations Off the Hook for Sexual Assault: A Statement from the Independent Women for Equality McGill

Published Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sarah M Mah, Kateryna Gordiychuk, Alexandra Yiannoutsos


The McGill community is appalled and angry to hear about the recent allegations of sexual assault on the part of the VP External for the Student’s Society of McGill University (SSMU), David Aird on February 22th, 2017 in the McGill Daily from ...

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McGill's Self Defense Course for Women: Still Relevant, Still Valuable

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kateryna Gordiychuk, Sarah M Mah, Camylle Lanteigne


The question of women’s safety, with the well-known reports of sexual assault and harassment on campus, has sparked interest in the existing resources for women - including the popular self-defense course offered by McGill Security Services, the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class. Recently ...

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On McGill’s New Policy Against Sexual Violence: A Renewed Commitment to End Violence Against Women

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sarah M Mah, Alexandra Yiannoutsos, and Kateryna Gordiychuk


On December 6, 1989, a lone gunman walked into a class of engineering students at École Polytechnique, separated the men from the women, and killed 14 women. The event would eventually come to be known as the Montreal Massacre. Among other details ...

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About Us

Published Saturday, February 11, 2017

We are a group of women studying at McGill University who are concerned with women’s equality on campus. Academic institutions are at the forefront of knowledge creation and progress, and we have the opportunity and responsibility to change the status quo. We are undertaking a year-long project to promote women’s rights and achievements ...

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