What Is the “Barbaric Cultural Practice”?

May 18, 2016

Co-sponsored by SFU’s TD Community Engagement Centre.

Conservatives recently made an attempt to create an RCMP tip line for Canadians to call if they believe a child or woman is a victim of “barbaric cultural practices" such as honour killings. But such heinous crimes are already illegal in Canada and we have the 9-1-1 line to make a report. The question here is: How do we define “barbaric”? Does getting drunk and beating a child or woman fall under the same category? Do you think such a policy is targeted towards specific ethno-religious groups?


Wed, 18 May 2016 7:00 PM

Room 402, City Centre Library, 10350 University Dr., Surrey | Map

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Admission: Free

Related topic(s): Liberal Arts


  • Somayeh Bahrami
    Somayeh is a PhD student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) at Simon Fraser University. She received her BA in psychology and women's studies and her master’s degree in GSWS from Simon Fraser University. Her research is focused on the history of colonization, settlement, immigration and citizenship in Canada; transnational migration and globalization; and Canada’s political economy and the labour market.

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