Why a Participant of The Shoe Project became a Mentor

The Shoe Project MEDIA ADVISORY   Why a Participant of The Shoe Project became a Mentor   TORONTO (May 25, 2022) — When Camila Uriona joined The Shoe Project in 2015, she had no idea that six years and a pandemic later, she would be coaching and mentoring other newcomer women to share their stories.…

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How a confusing voicemail message led to a life changing workshop

The Shoe Project MEDIA ADVISORY How a confusing voicemail message led to a life changing workshop   CALGARY (March 15, 2022) — The Shoe Project returns to the stage at Contemporary Calgary on March 27, 2022 as part of the High Performance Rodeo.  Twelve women from around the world will be sharing their stories of…

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The Shoe Project Survey Study Shows Major Positive Impacts on Participants

TORONTO (January 10, 2022) – In 2019 The Shoe Project (TSP) commissioned a professional survey of 25 participants (approximately 14% of total number of participants), five mentors and ten audience participants which showed its significant success in rebuilding immigrant women’s lives.   Many immigrant and refugee women coming to Canada have left behind good careers…

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Saima S. Hussain, “Interrupting a Conversation about Islamophobia”

Multiculturalism has been a fundamental characteristic of the Canadian identity for 50 years. Speaking on the occasion of this date, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “Canada became the first country in the world to adopt a policy of multiculturalism…  While we have made important progress toward a more inclusive and equitable society since then, much…

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In Memory of Aaron Berhane

By Katherine Govier, novelist, founder and Board Chair of The Shoe Project   One of the tragic ravages of Covid was the death, at 51 years old, of Aaron Berhane, journalist, professor and a brave man born in Eritrea. He was a friend of mine, and of The Shoe Project.   When I first met…

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Joy Kogawa, “It Feels a Bit Like Déjà vu, Anti-Asian sentiment”

By Momoye  Sugiman   We are alarmed by reports of assaults targeting Asian Canadians. However, it’s too easy to attribute the upsurge in hate crimes to frustrations over COVID-19. We spoke to author Joy Kogawa, friend and supporter of The Shoe Project, who was one of the first to break the silence of Japanese Canadians…

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Grandma Therapy

By Simten Osken, Shoe Project alumna   How can we help people who suffer from despair and depression and cannot seek professional help because they don’t have enough money? Dixon Chibanda, a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in Zimbabwe, developed an unexpected quality psychological support method carried out by non-professionals. He trains grandmothers to treat depression. And…

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Women’s Courage Can Change the World

By Irina Umnova   Fall is the time when magazines and newspapers are nominating persons for the title of “The Person of the Year.” Maybe, the best and unexpected candidate for this title in 2020 is Women of Belarus.     This summer, women of Belarus have become the face of the movement for a…

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No Safe Haven from Racism

Rhoda Akuol Philip   After violence and insecurity uprooted me from my home country of South Sudan, I spent my early years moving from one internally displaced people camp to another, in search of a safe haven. I settled in Kakuma Refugee Camp in 2003. Kakuma afforded me food, shelter, and basic education thanks to…

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