The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that runs annually from November 25th (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10th (World Human Rights Day). Included in the 16 days is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, December 6th, in remembrance of the 14 young women who were brutally murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989.
During this week, Brock HRE will be sharing daily social media content and offering events to bring education and awareness to the voices, resources and tools that are fighting to end gender-based violence.
Collaborations and features include: Centre for Women’s & Gender Studies at Brock, YWCA Niagara, Brock Cares, Athletic Taskforce, Delta Don, Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre (CARSA), Gillan’s Place, Model UN, and many more!
Schedule of Events
December 1, 5:00-6:30pm
Vivek Shraya in Conversation: What I’ve Learnt as an Artist and Activist in 10 Years
Join us as Vivek Shraya reflects on her journey and experience as a multidisciplinary trans, queer artist of colour since self-publishing her first book, God Loves Hair in 2010. Engage in a reading, discussion and Q&A!
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Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, theatre, and film. Her best-selling book I’m Afraid of Men was heralded by Vanity Fair as “cultural rocket fuel,” and her album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part‑Time Woman, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. She is also the founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books. A six-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek was a Pride Toronto Grand Marshal and was featured on The Globe and Mail’s Best Dressed list. She is a director on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation, an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary, and is currently adapting her debut play, How To Fail As A Popstar, into a television pilot script with the support of CBC.
December 3, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Gender & Sexual Violence in a Pandemic: Virtual Discussion Panel
Come engage in a panel discussion about Gender and Sexual Violence during a pandemic!
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We are accepting questions in advance! Please submit your questions to this link.
Featured panelists talks and bios:
Jasmine Ramze Rezaee- An intersectional gender lens on COVID-19: Impacts & opportunities
Jasmine Ramze Rezaee is the Director of Advocacy and Communications at YWCA Toronto, one of Canada’s leading feminist organizations. She is also a Board of Directors member at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community services, a community health centre in Toronto. Jasmine has more than a decade of non-profit experience spanning Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal – including frontline housing experience. She specializes in issues related to gender equality, racial justice, and poverty reduction. Her work has been published in Now Magazine, Ricochet Media, Policy Options, This Magazine, The Toronto Star, and Rabble.ca. Jasmine holds an MA in political theory from the University of Toronto. She is very grateful to engage in social justice work on Treaty 13 territory.
Dr. Robert Nonomura- Structural Violence and the Pandemic: Confronting the Impact of Racial and Gender Oppression During COVID-1.
Dr. Nonomura is a Research Associate with the Centre For Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, and a part-time Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Western University. His current work focuses on knowledge mobilization projects relating to gender-based violence, intersectionality, and trauma- and violence-informed research ethics. Most recently, he has authored learning resources examining the intersections of systemic racism and gender-based violence in social issues such as human trafficking and COVID-19. His involvements in various community-based projects in the city of London, Ontario have included symposia and workshops addressing sexual violence, urban food politics, youth poverty, and the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
December 4, 6:00-8:00pm
2020 Throwback Trivia- Win $100 Gift Card!
Open to Brock Students, Staff, and Faculty only.
Please register through Experience BU: https://tinyurl.com/2020ThrowbackTrivia
Forest fires, Covid, and Tiger King? What even happened in 2020? Guess correctly and you can win a $100 Gift Card of your choice! There are also prizes for the 2nd and 3rd place winners! Join HRE, GSV, and Women’s and Gender Studies for a fun night of trying to guess what happened throughout 2020. Bring friends! Win stuff! Have fun!
Throughout the night we will feature guest appearances from local shelters to give quick updates on how 2020 has been for them. Come learn more about Niagara’s local organizations.
Dr. Curtis Fogel: Dr. Fogel’s co-edited book, Sexual Violence at Canadian Universities: Activism, Institutional Responses, and Strategies for Change (2017), features some of his research on sexual violence in Canadian University sport. He is also working on a book titled On the Sidelines: Sexual Violence in Canadian Sport, which explores sexual violence perpetrated by and against athletes. For students who are interested in getting involved in research activism, Dr. Fogel recommends thinking broadly and critically about what social justice issues you care about and consider how research can be used to challenge and transform systems of power. Disciplinary knowledge and tools can be used not just to make sense of and explain social phenomena, but also to generate and inspire important systemic change. To ensure that your research activism has transformative potential, it is important to critically consider the audience(s) outside of the academy that may benefit from your research and how you can best share your research with them.
Dr. Hijin Park: Dr. Park began her university studies in the field of Indigenous Studies, and then moved on to focus more on Asian temporary migration to Canada and Asian settler occupation of Indigenous land. It is within this context that her current work on racialized international students at Brock (with Margot Francis and Leela MadhavaRau) took shape. Gendered colonialisms and imperialisms are central to her research in understanding how people come to be here and what happens to them while here. For anyone who is interested in this research project, Dr. Park says, “feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org”. Dr. Park considers her teaching and research to be her main forms of activism. She recommends that if students are interested in on-the-ground organizing, you may be interested in getting involved with groups such as Justicia, the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, and the Migrant Rights Network.
Dr. Kate Bezanson: Dr. Bezanson researches and advises in the areas of social policy, public law, gender, political economy, carework, and federalism. She’s also a parent, and a past president of the board of directors of Brock’s Rosalind Blauer Centre for Childcare as well as a women’s and children’s second stage housing centre. For students who wish to get involved, Dr. Bezanson states, “Policy in pandemic needs all the smart, energetic, creative minds it can get, and students can bring their skills and time to working at community, municipal, provincial and federal policy tables to build back better”.
Dr. Margot Francis: For her recent article, Dr. Francis states, “I was motivated to do this research by student activists who were protesting sexual violence at Brock in 2016. As so little research on sexual violence at universities foregrounds the perspectives of marginalized students, I wanted to prioritize these perspectives on the research team and in focus groups”. For students wishing to get involved, Dr. Francis recommends taking practicum or activist courses including WGST 3Q93 Black Feminist Memory to Black Lives Matter; or WGST 3P25 Land, Body and Sovereignty – Indigenous Perspectives; or WGST 3Q90 Indigenous Cultural Production and Activism.
Emily Bagshaw: Along with completing her Master’s, Emily is currently a co-chair of Brock’s Sexual Violence Advisory Committee and works as a research assistant in the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies. For students who wish to get involved, Emily suggests that they look into joining clubs and/or committees at Brock that address topics they are passion about. Emily got her start in research-based activism through her research assistant job, so she also suggests reaching out to professors who have similar research interests as you to ask if they are looking for a research assistant.
Kailene Jackson, MA Political Science, Specialization in International Relations. Kailene’s research focuses on empowering women in conflict zones. Her research recognizes that women are agents in their community and stresses the importance of ensuring that Canadian Foreign Policy objectives work towards supporting grassroots organizations that advance peace.
November 25 5:00 – 7:00PM
Decolonial Reading Circle
Join Dr. Robyn Bourgeois and Fallon Farianacci at the Decolonial Reading Circle tonight, Wednesday November 25th from 7-9PM. They will be discussing Section 1, Chapters 2-4 of the MMIWG (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls) National Inquiry’s Final Report. All are welcome!
November 26, 12:00 – 1:00pm
BROTalk: Fathers, Sons, and “Men” of the Family
A conversation series for Brock men about sex, gender and masculinity in a changing world. Come join this open virtual discussion space where men from all walks of life can talk about contemporary societal issues and daily worries. All while learning how to build healthy masculinities, foster cultures of consent on campus and be active allies in the fight against sexual violence.
To register, please visit the Experience BU event: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/171310
*Open exclusively to all Brock students, staff and faculty who are men, including but not limited to, gender diverse men, queer men, transgender men, heterosexual men, genderfluid men etc.*
November 27, 12-2pm
Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up with Eternity Martis
Join us for a discussion with award-winning Toronto-based journalist, author and editor Eternity Martis about Race, Racism, Canadian Campus life and her bestselling 2020 novel.
Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/eternity-martis-at-brock-tickets-129022956135