Talking Radical Radio

Getting Women's Studies into Ontario high schools: A grassroots feminist victory

| March 27, 2013

Podcast




Length: 0:27:50 minutes (25.5 MB)
Format: 44.1kHz, 128Kbps

Show Notes:

On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Sheetal Rawal and Dilani Mohan talk about their involvement in the recently victorious campaigh to get the province of Ontario to introduce women's and gender studies curriculum for high schools.

The struggle began eight years ago when they and the other core organizers of The Miss G Project were university students in London, Ontario. An incident of sexual violence involving students at a younger sibling's high school got them talking about how much the students at that school and they themselves as high school students would have benefited from having language to talk about gender violence and about the many other aspects of their everyday lives shaped by gender and by gender oppression. Beginning from having no prior experience with political organizing, they built a campaign that culminated in the province of Ontario's recent announcement that the women's and gender studies curriculum is finally ready for use in Ontario high schools beginning in September 2013. Rawal and Mohan talk about what they, the other core organizers, and the many other activists whose energies they engaged across the province did to bring this victory about.

To learn more about The Miss G Project, click here.

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