#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 femifesto, Ottawa 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.

 

December 6th in Hamilton

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December 6th is the International Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

We celebrate on December 6th because it is the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre – a shooting at ‘École Polytechnique de MontrĂ©al, where women engineering students were separated from the men and killed.

They died because they were women.

We remember the dead, those who have died this year because of misogynist violence. We fight to prevent all forms of violence and oppression.

There are two events happening in Hamilton this year: Continue reading

SHE SAID BOOM: THE STORY OF FIFTH COLUMN

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By Tara Bursey

We have almost reached the end of Woman Abuse Prevention Month, and it’s been heartening to see initiatives and campaigns pop up around town and in cyberspace in observation of it. My friend Leah and I have our own initiative that we’re really excited about happening this Saturday, and we hope that you will attend! All proceeds will go to SACHA to mark this important month, and to honour the important work that they do for the Hamilton community.

Have you heard of Fifth Column? If not, you’re probably not alone. Fifth Column were a multi-disciplinary post-punk group– a group of women from Toronto who formed in 1981. Two members, Caroline Azar and GB Jones, remained a constant until the group disbanded in the 1990s. Continue reading

HFZF Zinester Interview – Inasmuch House

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At Inasmuch House – a shelter for women and families fleeing abuse and experiencing homelessness – we talk a lot about housing.

The gentrification of Hamilton, increasing rental prices and disappearing rental spaces, and the too-long waiting list for subsidized housing. The strain that this lack of housing puts on women and families fleeing violence often isn’t recognized outside the shelter walls – that women and families are forced to stay in, or return to, unsafe situations; that folks spend months (sometimes a year) in emergency spaces, raising children in one-room dorms. We wanted the stories, voices, ideas of the residents here at Inasmuch to be heard – and so we started collecting them together into a zine. After lots of discussion, art-based workshops, and brainstorming ideas, we created Let’s Talk About Housing: Stories, Strategies, and Solutions from Shelter Residents.

We’re really excited to be debuting this zine at the Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair – come pick up a free copy from us, and hear the stories of the women staying at Inasmuch House. Continue reading

Anti-Trump Protest in Toronto

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by Rhythms of Resistance – Toronto

On Monday, October 24th, all us “nasty women” (including those who identify as women always, sometimes, and sort-of) are going to snatch the tower with pussy power!!

The Trump Tower in Toronto represents, in one ugly edifice and everything that is disturbing about Trump’s campaign: it is built by the poor for the rich, and it is a glorification of greed and exploitation. This big, stone erection is just another reminder to women in Toronto that while Trump himself might be all the way across the border, his influence and his validation of rape culture penetrates all the way into Canada as well.

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SACHA Supports Mandi Gray

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In July of 2016, in an unprecedented ruling, Mustafa Ururyar was found guilty of the sexual assault of Mandi Gray.

In a public statement at that time, Gray remarked upon the grueling 18-month endeavour, and her experience of the criminal justice system — which allowed for the introduction of rape mythology and victim-blaming from Uryurar’s defence lawyer, Lisa Bristow.

“I am tired of people talking to me like I won some sort of rape lottery because the legal system did what it is supposed to…If we are told to be grateful for receiving the bare minimum, and that we should simply allow for social institutions to further…violate our rights, I am incredibly concerned”.  

SACHA shares this deep concern. We are also incensed that within days of the conviction, Ururyar’s defence team appealed the conviction and asked for bail. This was granted by Superior Court Justice Michael Quigley, who, despite the extensive case law cited in Ontario Court Justice Marvin Zuker’s decision, suggested that academic texts on rape and trauma may have somehow informed an impartial ruling. Continue reading