#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.

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 Montréal, 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

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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Sisters In Spirit Hamilton

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sisevents2016picGovernment statistics in Canada show that Aboriginal women are 5 times more likely to die as a result of violence than other women. In 2004 The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) launched the Sisters in Spirit Campaign to bring this shocking fact to the attention of Canadians.

The Sisters in Spirit Action Committee, Hamilton was formed in April 2005 to support these initiatives. Current membership includes several dedicated people from the community as well as representatives from: Amnesty International Canada, De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre, Native Women’s Centre, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, Hamilton Police Service, Correctional Service Canada, Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy, and SACHA – Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton & Area).

Our purpose is to draw public attention and education to the pervasive problem of violence against Aboriginal women across Canada, while we honour and remember our Sisters in Spirit. We as an action committee also support any official inquiry, round table or commission that will assist the resolution of this crisis.

The Sisters in Spirit Action Committee Hamilton invite you to participate in our upcoming community events to honour our 1200 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women, girls, and trans people across Canada.

Flag Raising at City Hall
Thursday, September 30, 2016 at 12:00pm
71 Main Street West – Hamilton ON

Candlelight Vigil at Honouring the Circle
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 7:00pm
21 Rosendene Avenue – Hamilton ON

All are welcome to both events.

Come and gather to show we are a united front. Each vigil is a beacon of hope and strength! Help us honour restore the memory of our loved ones; our sisters, our daughters, our mothers, our aunties, our grandmothers, and their families.

Call For Submissions: Hamilton-based Housing Zine

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Inasmuch House is creating a zine (small publication) about the need for a National Housing Strategy that addresses the lack of safe and affordable housing, and how this affects women and families accessing violence against women and homeless shelters.

We would love contributions from other shelters, as well as spaces that work with women and families who have experiences trying to access safe and affordable housing.

Ideas for how to contribute:

  • Hold a workshop to talk about the National Housing Strategy and how it impacts women and families in shelters
    • Ask about the women and families experiences and stories, as well ideas for how to make positive changes – collect their stories in written format
    • Using half of an 8.5×14 sheet of paper, have residents share their experiences with housing – write poems, draw, collage, make a list, etc. – to contribute to the publication
  • Write / make art about your own experiences as a transition support worker working with women and families accessing housing: what are some major obstacles you’ve seen, what ideas do you have that could improve access?

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Sexual Assault: The Roadshow in Hamilton

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A travelling gallery focused on creating space for survivors of sexual violence to create art will be arriving in Hamilton on August 5th.

SACHA – Hamilton’s Sexual Assault Centre – will be hosting Sexual Assault: The Roadshow for the month of August. The Roadshow gallery – made of a modified shipping container – will travel on a flatbed truck to 15 cities and areas in Ontario over a three-year period.

Hamilton will be the third stop for The Roadshow which has visited Scadding Court Community Centre Scadding Court Community Centre in Scarborough and Ganǫhkwásra’ in Ohsweken.

While in Hamilton The Roadshow will have open hours so community members can experience the art created in previous stops as well as host art making workshops. Continue reading