Redefining Risk: The Story of Awatef Rasheed
(For copyright purposes, the music has been taken out of this documentary.)
Five years ago Awatef Rasheed was the privledged wife of a Brigadeer General in Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard. She was a teacher, a journalist and the mother of four daughters. When she realized her children were no longer safe - in a culture where honour had come to mean more than a woman's life - she decided to escape from Iraq. Now she's raising her two youngest girls in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, thanks to a program called "Women at Risk." It's designed to help female refugees whose lives need urgent protection.
However Awatef has discovered that she's now traded one type of risk for another.
Wanda Graham brings us Awatef Rasheed's story...Redefining Risk.
The Urgent Action Protection Program ensures that Canada is able to respond to urgent requests from refugees under threat to their lives.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada - Guide to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program: Urgent Protection Program
Women at Risk includes cases of women needing protection whose lives are at risk.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada - Guide to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program: Women at Risk Program
Government of Nova Scotia: N.S. Employment Support and Income Assistance
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Feminists for Just & Equitable Public Policy (FemJEPP) is a provincial alliance seeking to improve public policy for women and their families.