Why I’m Angry About the Women’s March

by Sanaa Humayun Edmonton’s Women’s march left me with mixed feelings. I’ve tried to write this article a hundred times, I’ve procrastinated and made excuses, I’ve found myself absolutely incapable of coherently explaining this mix of pride and anger I feel in my heart. When I think of what’s happening, my heart pounds faster – my palms become sweaty and I realize, more than anything, … Continue reading Why I’m Angry About the Women’s March

Can Initiatives to Prevent Violence Against Women make Long Lasting Change?

By Sanaa Humayun The UN Safe Cities project is an international effort launched to tackle the sexual violence women face on a daily basis. Edmonton, in an attempt to do just that, has signed up for this initiative – and I am skeptical. I was asked by a colleague to participate in a focus group for this project, to discuss sexual violence in Edmonton’s public … Continue reading Can Initiatives to Prevent Violence Against Women make Long Lasting Change?

A Letter to My First Real Life Bigot | By Sanaa Humayun

To the Person Who Spat at my Feet: I’ll admit, I’m impressed. It takes a certain level of dedication to commit to an act of hatred. I mean, I’m assuming your message came from a place of hatred. You didn’t give me a lot to go on, but saying “I hope you and your people die” is a fairly self-explanatory judgement of my race. And … Continue reading A Letter to My First Real Life Bigot | By Sanaa Humayun

Our Canada: My Culture is Not a Commodity | By Sanaa Humayun

Our Canada is a series focusing on the stories of people of colour and their experiences living in Canada. By sharing these points of view, The Wanderer hopes to shed light on the microaggressions faced by people of colour and celebrate Canada’s diversity.  I grew up as a first generation Canadian, and I’ve always identified as Canadian more than anything else. Nonetheless, I know that parts of who I am are … Continue reading Our Canada: My Culture is Not a Commodity | By Sanaa Humayun

Welcome to Insight at The Wanderer | By Sanaa Humayun

Welcome, dear reader, to Insight at The Wanderer. I’d like to think of Insight as the Hufflepuff of Wanderer sections. We’re just a little bit of everything. This is the place for all the stuff that doesn’t quite fit anywhere else. Insight is perfect for personal narratives, stories, fiction and non-fiction of all kinds. This is what makes me so excited to be a writer and … Continue reading Welcome to Insight at The Wanderer | By Sanaa Humayun

The Hijab as a Cultural Symbol | By Sanaa Humayun

I grew up in a Muslim household, and there is a certain culture related to that upbringing.More specifically, there is a specific culture involved being an Islamic woman. The most appropriate symbol of that, in my opinion, is the hijab – a religious head covering for women. Growing up, my parents gave me and my elder sister the choice to wear the hijab. She chose to … Continue reading The Hijab as a Cultural Symbol | By Sanaa Humayun