Messages of Support for Survivors

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final poster mapsOn November 5th 2016, we organized the 3rd annual Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair. We asked folks who attended, tabled, organized, and volunteered at the fair to contribute their words, drawings, and collages to our collective zine to give messages of support to survivors. This zine is a collection of ideas, hopes, images, and stories that show up, and spread love and support, for all survivors.

From SACHA with strength, courage, and healing: here are your messages of support for survivors.

May is Sexual Violence Prevention Month.

If you would like a free copy of the zine stop by SACHA’s office during business hours – 3rd floor of 75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton ON.

Broad Convos Interview – Pearl

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Broad Convos 2 HFZF Zine Launch

Broad Conversations are gatherings in Hamilton, Ontario for feminist broads. Gatherings are structured to inspire new ideas and reflections on important themes within a feminist context.

The theme for this very special Broad Convos 2 x HFZF Launch is “participation” – how do we define, value, and manage participation as feminists, as women, as citizens?

We’re also launching SACHA’s collaborative zine ‘Messages of Support for Survivors’ at the next Broad Convos.

When: Tuesday, May 23rd – 7:30pm -9pm
Where: 541 Eatery & Exchange – 541 Barton Street East, Hamilton ON
Cost: FREE!

We interviewed one of the speakers at Broad Convos, Pearl Mendonca:

About myself:

pearl.jpgI’m super interested in all things mind, body, spirit and passionate about the well-being of myself and others.  I’m an Energy/Bodywork Practitioner in Hamilton, currently completing my 200-hour Yoga Teacher training.  I’ve spent most of my working life supporting/developing student leaders, which has been very rewarding.

What does feminism mean to you?

Equity.  Addressing inequity.  Advocacy.  Recognition of the intersection of experiences.  Celebration.

Who is your favourite feminist hero?

A combination of my mother, my grandmothers, my sisters, my teachers, my friends, my colleagues – the intricate web of community that has defined how I have come to learn about my feminism forms my favourite feminist hero – absolutely.

Why does Broad Conversations excite you?

It’s an honour to be part of a space/experience focused on discussion, perspective-sharing, intentional listening for folks – it’s rare to find these types of spaces, to share and learn, yet it is so needed and can be very healing, rejuvenating.

 

Broad Convos Interview – Marisa

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Broad Convos 2 HFZF Zine Launch

Poster by Amy Egerdeen

Broad Conversations are gatherings in Hamilton, Ontario for feminist broads. Gatherings are structured to inspire new ideas and reflections on important themes within a feminist context.

The theme for this very special Broad Convos 2 x HFZF Launch is “participation” – how do we define, value, and manage participation as feminists, as women, as citizens?

We’re also launching SACHA’s collaborative zine ‘Messages of Support for Survivors’ at the next Broad Convos.

When: Tuesday, May 23rd – 7:30pm -9pm
Where: 541 Eatery & Exchange – 541 Barton Street East, Hamilton ON
Cost: FREE!

We interviewed one of the speakers at Broad Convos, Marisa Rodriques:

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Hi I’m Marisa, I am eleven years old, a student and I have my own company,  I love art including drawing unicorns with my BFF Angelina , swimming, and playing volleyball.

For the past two years I have participated in SACHA’S feminist zine fair and met great people who share my passion for change.

To me feminism  is equality for everyone and anyone, I feel like everyone should have a fair chance to do anything they want to do without judgment or limitations.

My favorite feminist hero is Rosie the Riveter.

The broad conversation excites me because I get to talk about feminism to people who will listen.

Why Do You Volunteer At SACHA?

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It’s #NationalVolunteerWeek. We could go on and on about how important volunteers are at SACHA and how much we admire their amazingness – we already did in this post!

We thought we’d also hand the mic to our volunteers and let them explain why they give so much to SACHA:

“I volunteer at SACHA because it warms my heart to know there are so many wonderful feminists in the world! Thank goodness for SACHA!” – Katie, Take Back the Night volunteer

‘I love SACHA because it creates a wonderful human connection in a time of need and I fell like there are so few opportunities to share openly and be loving in response.’ – SACHA Support Line volunteer

“I volunteer at SACHA because I believe survivors.” – Jordan, Take Back the Night Committee Member Continue reading

#DayOfPink 2017

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#DayOfPink was created for folks to speak out about homophobic and transphobic violence and harassment. http://pinkshirtday.ca/about-us/

Social Inc. put on a FABULOUS day of creating conversations about how we can all be involved to take action to end oppression. Thank you to everyone who chatted with us and participated in our photobooth!

 

 

#UseTheRightWords: Reporting on Sexual Violence Awards

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Recognizing that Canadian media has the power to shape conversations about sexual violence, we want to celebrate insightful and challenging media reporting on sexual violence in the past year.

To get involved,  nominate articles and authors in the Canadian media at the local, regional or national level (e.g. Globe and Mail, Buzzfeed, Chatelaine, National Post, Toronto Star, Vice, Huffington Post, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, etc.) that you think are deserving of one or more of the following awards:

Use The Right Words: Reporting on Sexual Violence Awards

  • Super Sleuth –  Best Investigative Article
  • Survivors Know Best: Best First Person Narrative
  •  We Begin by Listening: Best Interview
  • We Revolt at Dawn  – Best Overall Article
  • Desk Flip – Worst Overall Article and Author

To nominate an article for an award, go to http://bit.ly/RightWordsAward and submit your choices. The nominations will be open from December 8th 2016 – January 21st 2017.

Awards will be conferred on February 1st, 2017, the anniversary of the Ghomeshi trial. The awards are organized by femifestoOttawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW)Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, and Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education at Ryerson University.

We Remember

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On December 6th we remember the 14 women murdered in the Montreal Massacre and we also remember women experiencing violence or who are at risk of violence.

In 2016, there were too many women killed in Hamilton. Quite often the media does not name their deaths as gender based violence.

Recognizing their deaths is an opportunity for action.

We need space to mourn their loss. We need space for our sadness and anger. We need to say their sames and to remember their lives.

  • Tammy Le – 25 years old,  January 23 2016

“We honour and remember – Tammy Le, and the other workers who have survived and lost their lives to violent ends. May they live on in our hearts and provide us with great strength and integrity as we stand up for human dignity and the right for all sex workers to live free from violence, racism, and discrimination” – Asian Migrant Sex Workers Network

“Tammy Le was murdered as a direct result of gender-based violence and not because of how she chose to earn a living.” – Woman Abuse Working Group

Her mother described her as free-willed with an uncontained spirit.  She had an angelic voice and enjoyed music in every sense, and earned the name Rainbow for her changing hair.  She had two children she loved.

Jenna was found dead in an apartment in Hamilton. She was a teacher for adult learners at St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education Centre.

Gina was retired, but was a manager at Tim Hortons. Her colleagues described her as a great manager and fun to work with. She will be missed by many relatives in South Korea, and was a loving mother, sister, cousin, and aunt.

Marilyn was a senior living in downtown Hamilton.

This list is based on the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses‘ yearly femicide list and is probably, unfortunately, not complete. If you have a name to add to the list please contact us.