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Yasmin Jiwani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. She is also a co-founder of RACE (Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equity).

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    Hierarchies of worthiness

    In news coverage of violence, women are almost always portrayed as victims. Whether they are worthy, innocent victims in need of rescue (“virgins”), as in the case of Afghan women post-9/11, or unworthy, culpable victims to be ignored or incarcerated (“vamps”), as with Indigenous women in Canada, depends on their strategic value to the forces in power.