How I Escaped "Prince Charming"

How I Escaped "Prince Charming"

I was your typical overseas bride, young and full of hope for a new life in Canada. However, my dreams for a fairy tale happily-ever after were shattered like broken glass. The harsh reality is that my husband was not prince charming, but rather the despicable villain in the fairy tale. 

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5 Notebooks: One Woman's Fight for Education

5 Notebooks: One Woman's Fight for Education

In her tight-knit village, women didn’t get an education. They got married and had children. She would sneak out to go to school and then university. After class she would go to a grocery store where she worked to pay for school. Some days she would also go work on a farm. “I have no idea how I had the courage to do what I did. But I saw how miserable my sisters, cousins and other women were. Almost all of them were married to abusive husbands, or husbands with drug or alcohol addictions. They were living in constant worry. That wasn’t a life to me."

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"With Every Hardship Comes Ease" [94:5]

"With Every Hardship Comes Ease" [94:5]

Faiza was sponsored by her husband to come to Canada which meant her permanent residency was conditional upon staying with her partner for two years. Thankfully, there is a clause for those experiencing domestic violence to flee without getting deported, but sadly many don't know this and fear leaving because they're told they'll get deported. 

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"You're Divorced"

"You're Divorced"

That first stage is always the hardest. It's difficult to fathom being all on your own after having spent over 20 years with someone day in and day out. Having to learn to accept what happened, and focus on the future and on restarting your life; figuring out what you will do now, from working to support yourself and your children, to finding a place to live and telling your family and friends what happened. 

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