Surviving in the Hour of Darkness addresses the health issues - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual - of black women, First Nations women, and other women of colour. The book is a collection of scholarly essays, case studies, personal essays, poetry, and prose written by over 45 contributors. It illustrates, through the voices of many women, that gender, religious, cultural, and class background strongly influence how one experiences illness, how and when one is diagnosed, and how one is treated within the healthcare system. The book also focuses on the need for cultural sensitivity and inclusiveness in the delivery of health services. Surviving in the Hour of Darkness aims to promote and generate knowledge with and about minority women while identifying key strategies for promoting their health, thus contributing to a broader understanding of how the experience of being a minority woman affects one's health and well-being.
Grisselda (Sophie) Harding is a student and employee at York University in Toronto. Her writing is an expression of her desire to change the world and help make life better for herself and others. Sophie's first anthology was entitled Our Words/Our Revolutions: Di/Verse Voices of Black Women, First Nations Women, and Women of Colour in Canada. Some of Sophie's work has been used in projects such as the Teen Violence Prevention Initiatives with Women's Habitat and the Women, Violence, and Adult Education Project Source Book, which is aimed at examining the effect of violence in terms of learning and education for women.
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