Broad Convos & Participation – Pearl

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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. 

Pearl Mendonca shares her thoughts on this month’s theme of participation.

pearl“How do we define, value and manage participation as feminists, women, as citizens?” 

This was the question our panel was asked at the second Broad Conversations event.  It’s a fascinating question, and each of us on the panel took the conversation in completely new and awesome directions.

Here were my thoughts:

I’m going to look at my participation from three experiences: 1) as a woman of colour; 2) as a survivor of sexual violence and 3) as a bodywork practitioner.

As a woman of colour, I’m very aware of my own experience of race and how it has impacted my own participation.  This also makes me think of representation – where are women of colour’s voices represented?

I am familiar with the societal expectations of the way that I will participate as a brown woman.  I am also aware of my family’s expectations, cultural expectations – how I have internalized all of these expectations and lived within them.

As a woman, especially as a woman of colour, I’ve hesitated many a time in speaking up and raising concerns.  It has been difficult at times to find my voice.  It often takes me time to navigate different and difficult spaces, and even then, I need to feel a sense of safety. Continue reading

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

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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.