GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AWARENESS WEEK
DECEMBER 2 - 6, 2013 | YORK UNIVERSITY (KEELE CAMPUS)
The Gender-based Violence Awareness Week is a series of educational and arts-based events that commemorate the December 6th Montreal Massacre while expanding the discussion on gender-based violence to include its intersection with other forms of oppression. These include, but are not limited to, colonialism, racism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia. The program for the week may be found below and on Facebook
This week of events is being organized by the York University Graduate Students Association (YUGSA), OPIRG-York, CUPE 3903 Trans-Feminist Action Caucus (TFAC), Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP), York Federation of Students (YFS) and Sexual Assault Survivors Support Line & Leadership (SASSL).
Discussion Forum: Feminist, Anti-Racist Strategies against Gender-Based Violence
December 3, 2013 | 3:30 5:30 pm | GSA Lounge (Room 430), Student Centre Keele Campus
The discussion of gender-based violence in mainstream analyses often fails to address the ways in which sexual violence functions not only as a means of patriarchal control but also as a tool of racism and colonialism. Meanwhile, anti-violence strategies often result in increased violence against many communities of colour, in the form of racial profiling, police brutality, prisons and economic exploitation. This forum invites a collective discussion on effective anti-violence strategies that can link the fight against gender-based violence to struggles against other everyday and structural forms of violence. It will particularly explore community-based strategies, beyond the criminal justice system, that can serve to hold perpetrators accountable while ensuring the safety of survivors.
The forum will feature Beverly Bain (feminist anti-violence, anti-racist activist and trainer), a representative from the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, and others.
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Creativity and Courage: Artists Speak Out
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 | 6 8 pm | GSA lounge (Room 430), GSA Lounge (Room 430), Student Centre Keele Campus
The Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP), Ontario Public Interest Research Group, York (OPIRG-York) and CUPE 3903 Trans Feminist Caucus will host an arts showcase, open to all means of artistic, creative expression, in pursuit of a more holistic approach towards creating awareness around gender-based violence. We recognize that gender based violence is motivated by systems that reproduce racism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, classism and other means of marginalization. We will bear witness, celebrate resilience and educate through the arts.
Come showcase your art that reflects resilience, empowerment, anger, survival, imagining a world without violence, destroying capitalism, patriarchy and/or other oppressive systems!
Enjoy the sets of three featured performances, after which the showcase will follow an open mic style.
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December 4, 2013 | 4:00-5:00 pm | Student Centre Food Court, Keele Campus
Join the York Federation of Students in the Student Centre for the first presentation of a series of paintings that will form a permanent art installation in the new engineering building. These paintings, created by York students, are meant to honor the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, and display a commitment to combatting gender-based violence in all its forms.
For more information on this event, please visit www.yfs.ca.
Reflections on Resistance: Honouring our Courage & Strength in the Face of Gender-Based Violence
Wednesday, December 4th | 12:30 - 1:30 pm | Chancellor's Room (behind The Underground), Student Centre Keele Campus
Join the Sexual Assault Survivors Support Line & Leadership (SASSL) as we remember those who lost their lives to gender-based violence. Add a name of a loved one to a banner, write a message of support for survivors, or share what you have done to eradicate gender-based violence. Refreshments will be served. 313 Student Centre is wheelchair accessible; gender-neutral and barrier-free bathrooms are nearby.
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Demystifying Sexual Violence: A Workshop with the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | 2 4 pm | GSA Lounge (Room 430), Student Centre Keele Campus
Sexual Assault and dating violence continue to occur on a daily basis. At this YUGSA workshop, facilitated by the Deb Singh from Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape, we will discuss what constitutes sexual violence and contrast it to the many myths which surround it. This interactive workshop will highlight the ways in which our families, society and media keep these myths alive, and how we may resist them.
Deb Singh is a counselor and activist at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape. Deb is an Indo-Caribbean renegade warrior and anti-violence activist, Deb has been working with survivors of sexual violence for the last 10 years. As a 34 year old, queer, working class woman, she uses interactive workshop tools, art making and writing to try and get her messages across. Check out her monthly blog at http://shamelessmag.com/.
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