SACHA and the TBTNBlog Crew Gets Schooled!


Margaret Shkimba, founder of menrvaSofia , writer and blogger extraordinaire, and social media wizard, popped by last week to show SACHA where it’s at.  Two very involved TBTN bloggers – Amelia and Jenn – share their thoughts on the workshop and SACHA’s place in the feminist blogosphere.

Between lots of laughs, articles for our consideration and a interactive, challenging group activity, SACHA staff members and volunteers had the chance to better understand the social networking and media trend that, whether we like it or not, has become and ingrained part of the ways we communicate. Continue reading


8th Annual Chocolate Fest Will Be Here SOON!


SACHA will be celebrating and raising funds yet again with our successful and tasty Chocolate Fest!

Come sample chocolate treats from some of Hamilton’s premier chocolatiers, restaurants and bakeries.  Also, you can bid on some fabulous items in our silent auction!

When: Thursday, February 9th, 2011
– Doors open at 5:30pm
– Silent auction opens at 5:30pm and closes at 8:00pm
Where: Hamilton Convention Centre, Chedoke Ballroom, 1 Summer’s Lane, Hamilton ON
Tickets: $25 in advance – until February 8th, $30 at the door.

Tickets are available:
– By phone during SACHA’s centre hours – 905.525.4573
– In person at SACHA – 75 MacNab Street South, 3rd Floor
– Online at Brown Paper Tickets –

Money raised at Chocolate Fest helps SACHA to support survivors of sexual violence and to work to end gender injustice in Hamilton.  For more information on SACHA’s amazing programs please visit our website.

If you have any questions about Chocolate Fest please give us a call at 905.525.4573.

You can always visit the Chocolate Fest Facebook event page.

Miss Representation is Coming to Hamilton


The film Miss Representation is coming to Hamilton!

From Miss Representation’s website:

[T]he film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.

When: Sunday, January 15, 2011 at 1pm
Where: McMaster Campus, Downtown Centre , 50 Main Street East, Hamilton, ON
RSVP: Please contact Audra Petrulis 905.522.9922 x112
Cost: FREE!
Facebook Event:!/events/112011235582484/

Presented by YWCA, SACHA, The Women’s Centre and Gender Studies and Feminist Research McMaster University.

Check out the most awesome trailer here:

Let’s Remember Our Dead and Take Action for the Living


December 6th is the National Day of Rememberance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Nellie’s Blog has a really amazing post about the history of this day and the current violence that women in Ontario face:

Today is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, otherwise known as December 6th, when on that date in 1989, a man murdered 14 female students at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal because they were women.

Each year we remember Genevieve Bergeron, Helene Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganiere, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michele Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz and grieve over each promising young life cut short by misogyny and violence.

Two years ago we marked the 20th Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. It remains important today that we continue to honour not only these 14 women who lost their lives 22 years ago, but also the number of women who continue to die at the hands of their abusers.  This year in Ontario, 16 women were murdered by their intimate partners who were later charged or committed suicide (OAITH Femicide List).

Audra Petrulis from the Be The One… Campaign said it really well in her status update today:

Today is December 6th – the National Day of Action and Remembrance on Violence Against Women. Today we honour the 14 women who were killed in an act of gender-based violence in 1989 at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, known as the Montreal Massacre. A man entered the Engineering classroom with a gun, told the men to leave the room, ranted about feminists, and shot and killed the women in the room. They were killed because they were women. This was not the work of a “mad man”; this was the work of a man who was taught that he had power and priviledge over women and that he had the right to take out his rage on them. Today we honour the lives these women led and the lives they should have had.


There are two events happening today in Hamilton.  Check out this post for more information.

*This post’s title is paraphrased from the words of an amazing woman, Mother Jones – “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.”.

Don’t Be That Guy Comes to Hamilton


Don’t be that guy — a campaign from Edmonton has come to Hamtilon!

Maybe you’ve seen these images widely posted online or visited the Edmonton campaign’s website –

This campaign encourages a couple of Extremely Important responses when it comes to partying it up and getting your bevvy on. First and foremost, it encourages male participants to Not Be That Guy — you know, the one who Only Talks to Drunk Women, the guy who Buys The Drinks For The Ladies all night; who Comes On Strong; and who is seen behaving coercively, pressuring or seem entitled (to certain women, for example).

In contrast, and by making a monstrously glaring example of That Guy, this campaign also encourages a different way for men to respond to women while drinking: with Respect for her needs; a Desire to Foster Safer Space for women; and An Ear for Consent — and the ability to honour the lackthereof.

Let’s encourage folks to Be That Guy.

Don’t Be That Guy is being brought to Hamilton by:

— amelia