Why Fund Women?

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Great video from United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton about the importance of funding programs for women and girls.

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Have You Heard? No. 22

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Have You Heard 22Have You Heard?

You have a right to a safe workplace, school and home.

Are You In?

Call SACHA’s Support Line if you’d like to talk about your safety – 905.525.4162.

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Every day in April we will be posting information about SACHA services and sexual violence as well as ways that folks can support SACHA.

We’re calling on you to take action!  There’s lots of ways for your to spread the word and to support SACHA:

1. Support SACHA’s work! Become a SACHA monthly donor.
2. Share the campaign with friends!
3. Let folks know that you support SACHA using the #HaveYouHeard hashtag.
4. Follow SACHA’s blog and Twitter or become friends with SACHA on Facebook.

SACHA’s May Workshops

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May is Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

SACHA is offering workshops for community members and helping professionals on how to support survivors and listen to disclosures.

Supporting Survivors - May 6, 2014Supporting Survivors – A Workshop for Community Members

Nobody expects to be raped but one in three women will experience sexual assault.

It is important that as friends and family members we know how to respond to friends who have experienced violence.

These are skills that we learn hoping that we will never have to use them.

When: May 6th from 6-9pm
Where: YWCA Green Room – 75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton ON
Who: All community members who are interested in learning new skills.
Cost: ABSOLUTELY FREE. Donations to SACHA are welcome.
RSVP: Online at Brown Paper Tickets or by phone – 905.525.4573. Space is limited!

Listening to Disclosures - June 2, 2014Listening to Disclosures – A Workshop for Helping Professionals

One in three Canadian women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime.

Most survivors of sexual violence never tell a professional about the abuse. It is important that as service providers we know how to respond.

Participants in this participatory discussion-based workshop will learn:
– The myths that exist about rape, abuse, incest and sexual assault
– Canadian sexual assault laws
– Non-judgmental ways to respond to disclosures of violence
– What survivors look for in a support person
– Resources for survivors in the Hamilton community

When: Monday, June 2nd from 1pm-5pm
Where: Dr. John M. Perkins Centre – 1429 Main Street East, Hamilton, ON
Cost: $25
RSVP: Online at Brown Paper Tickets or by phone – 905.525.4573. Space is limited!

*If you are not able to attend on June 2nd, SACHA is able to come to your workplace to facilitate the workshop.  Contact Erin for more details – erin@sacha.ca.

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre Looking for Participants in Art Project

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How do you self-identify? And, what does being (Aboriginal, Native, Indian, First Nations, Metis…) mean to you?

This is a community art project to produce an exhibition of photographs of urban Aboriginals in Hamilton. The images will be comprised of the participants and household members in or around their home settings that may (or may not) contain visual links to their cultural heritage.  We expect to photograph a range of people and places from the community. Participants will determine how they wish to represent themselves.  Responses to the above questions will be presented with the exhibition photos and in the accompanying publication.

A photo-basics workshop by project photographer Mina Ao will be offered to encourage participants to also submit their own photographs associated with the project theme. These will be part of the exhibition.

What’s this project about?

In collaboration with the Aboriginal community in Hamilton, we will complete this community project that aims to help develop interaction and understanding between urban Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal persons and communities.  The project creates a platform for the Aboriginal community to voice their identity — through art!

We will be working on this project all year.  Our project partner is the Hamilton Region Indian Centre. We are asking for your input, participation and assistance to make this work.

Please contact:

Bryce Kanbara, artist/owner you me gallery, 330 James St. N. Hamilton – (905) 523-7754, bkanbara@gmail.com

Mina Ao, photographer, mina.ao@gmail.com

Have You Heard? No. 21

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Have You Heard 21Have You Heard?

Almost half of all Ontario high school girls have been the victim of unwanted sexual comments or gestures.

Are You In?

Work to end violence in your school.

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Every day in April we will be posting information about SACHA services and sexual violence as well as ways that folks can support SACHA.

We’re calling on you to take action!  There’s lots of ways for your to spread the word and to support SACHA:

1. Support SACHA’s work! Become a SACHA monthly donor.
2. Share the campaign with friends!
3. Let folks know that you support SACHA using the #HaveYouHeard hashtag.
4. Follow SACHA’s blog and Twitter or become friends with SACHA on Facebook.

Attack on Queen’s University Student Suspected Product of Feminist Backlash

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Kingston MRA Queens UniversityOn March 26th, a Queen’s university student who has been involved in feminist activism on campus was physically assaulted outside of her home.

Danielle d’Entremont was punched in the face multiple times and lost half of a tooth. She had been vocal about her opposition to a Men’s Issues Awareness Society (MIAS) talk on campus, entitled “What’s Equality Got to Do with it? Men’s Issues and Feminism’s Double Standards”. The event featured Janice Fiamengo, a professor at the University of Ottawa, who vocally denies rape culture on university campuses.

Although she isn’t certain that the event is directly linked to her activism on campus, Danielle had received a number of threatening emails leading up to the event. She also says that her attacker was a man that she did not know but who knew her name.

MIAS denies any responsibility for the attack.

Students have tried to de-ratify the Men’s Issues Awareness Society as a club at Queen’s University because of how they perpetuate rape cultural and the oppression of women.

The Kingston police are investigating the assault and are aware of the “…potential context in regards to the topic of feminism, equality and that men’s issues awareness group”. The investigation is ongoing and Const. Steve Koopman has stated that “Criminal repercussions will occur regardless if this is coming from this type of debate or if it’s independent of that”.

Tensions are of course running high on campus with many expressing concerns about safety. In response to these tensions and to Danielle’s experience of violence, a group of Queen’s alumni wrote a letter of solidarity. The letter condemns violence on campus and recognizes that violence can work to silence those involved in social justice and feminist activism:

“As feminists we sometimes feel the risk of identifying ourselves with the “F” word or speaking up, for fear of threats, physical intimidation, or physical violence. Indeed, it would be easier to stay away than to speak up.

The backlash plays in our mind and gives us reason to pause before we share our opinion, defend what we believe, or support others who continue to push for the basic human rights of women. That backlash can shame us or bully us into stepping down, yet it is for these exact reasons that we must continue to show up, speak up, and stand up.
Without our voices, there can be no change.
…We condemn the use of threats, intimidation, and physical violence in the on-going discussions of gender, sexuality, equality, and equity at Queen’s University and campuses across Canada. This is not the environment we are working towards.
Every voice silenced is a loss in the ongoing struggle for equality.”

More information:

http://queensjournal.ca/story/2014-04-08/news/prof-accused/

 

Have You Heard? No. 20

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Have You Heard 20Have You Heard?

It is your human right to live without violence.

Are You In?

Support SACHA’s work ending violence by becoming a monthly donor.

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Every day in April we will be posting information about SACHA services and sexual violence as well as ways that folks can support SACHA.

We’re calling on you to take action!  There’s lots of ways for your to spread the word and to support SACHA:

1. Support SACHA’s work! Become a SACHA monthly donor.
2. Share the campaign with friends!
3. Let folks know that you support SACHA using the #HaveYouHeard hashtag.
4. Follow SACHA’s blog and Twitter or become friends with SACHA on Facebook.