Lily Pourzand
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Lily Pourzand was born and raised in Iran. She migrated to Canada in 1999 after graduated from Law School. Lily received her Women’s Studies degree from York University in 2006 and graduated in LL.M. with special focus on Gender Equality and from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2010. Lily is a certified Life Coach and Life Skills Coach with extensive experiences in designing and running workshops. She is am independent writer and a public speaker. Currently, Lily works as Women Individual and Transitional Support Counsellor at Women’s Centre of York Region.

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International Day of the Girl Child: Looking to the Future of Women

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 12:41 PM

"On October 11, the world was ready to celebrate the very first International Day of the Girl Child. The celebration had turned to mourning only two days prior, on October 9, when Taliban gunmen shot down Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old advocate for education rights for girls in Pakistan."...

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Working Mothers in Canada: the Policies and Contradictions

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 6:07 PM

While "motherhood" sounds a solid established notion in our society, it could in fact appear contradictory too. This contradiction is even more visible when it comes to the "working mothers" and the policies in place for them. On one hand, the society praises mothers' sacrifice and unconditional love for their...

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Let's Present the Voice of the First Generation Immigrants in the Media

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 4:36 PM

On April 1, TVO broadcasted another episode of The Agenda, as it does every evening. That night, the show focused on "Reflecting Today's Ontario" and its discussion revolved around "how to better reflect the diversity of the province on your television and computer screens."

The statistics presented by Steve...

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How the Indian Gang-Rape Reversed Victim-Blaming

(3) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 5:18 PM

Unlike some optimistic observers across the globe, I do not expect an overnight improvement to the quality of life of Indian women because of the extent of social reaction and protests against the recent horrifying gang rape in New Delhi.

However, I am deeply hopeful that a long-run essential...

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If My Friend Dies, What Will Happen to Her Children?

(4) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Post 1979 Islamic Revolution, my identity changed. I was no longer simply Lily Pourzand. Instead I became Lily, daughter of Siamak Pourzand -- my father -- the famous imprisoned journalist; or Lily, daughter of Mehrangiz Kar -- my mother -- the famous imprisoned lawyer and human rights activist.

I...

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