Prevention of Violence Against Women Week

 


Prevention of Violence Against Women Week – April 1 5 – 21 2012


How Does She Resist?  Resisting Media Representations to End Violence Against Girls and Women

Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS)

Presents:
How Does She Resist? – Resisting Media Representations to End Violence Against Girls and Women

“Battered Women Support Services’ (BWSS) goal is the elimination of all violence against women. Therefore women’s representation in media becomes a crucial element of this mandate. BWSS’ statement of philosophy recognizes that “…battering is the result of a world view which supports the right of some people to oppress others. That right is granted by the privilege of status associated with gender, race, religion, class, sexual orientation, age and physical ability”. This battering takes places right before us, as women are represented by media in an unequal scenario: a scenario where the powerful, privileged media presents a monolithic and oppressive view of womanhood. In this context women are constantly reduced by the media to body parts (i.e. a set of legs, a pair of breasts, etc.) or objects of sexual desire. This creates the ideal environment to perpetrate abuse and violence. Women are not human anymore, but dismembered objects lacking of dignity. Sadly, we get this message every day, many times a day.” ~ Silvia Almanza Alonso

During Prevention of Violence Against Women Week we will engage our online community to resist media representations as a way to prevent violence against girls and women.

We will feature guest blogger Joanna Chiu, guest videographer Camila Galdino, and contributions by Silvia Almanza Alonso, BWSS YOUth Ending Violence Program, and more…

During the week of April 15th – 21st, 2012, join our online community to engage, empower and prevent violence at www.bwss.org/endingviolence

Resisting Media Representations A Literary Review by Silvia Almanza Alonso
How Women Can Effectively Challenge the Way They Are Represented.

 


Prevention of Violence Against Women Week – April 18 – 25, 2011

Urban Women’s Anti-Violence Strategy



 

Sexual violence, it seems, is the one crime where we blame the victim and not the perpetrator. Frequently, women who are attacked are told, “You should have been more careful,” or, “You shouldn’t have put yourself in that situation.” Routinely women who have been raped are asked the questions “WHAT were you wearing?” “What did you drink?” “Who were you with?” “Why couldn’t you sense a potential attacker?” Research tells us that sexual violence perpetration is a heavily gendered crime. Approximately 98-99% of sexual violence – reported to police or anonymously reported in research – is perpetrated by men. And we don’t ask the question “Why do men rape?”

Recently, there have been several instances where public officials have publicly exposed victim blaming sentiments and have faced consequences:

In Toronto, Students and staff at Osgoode Hall Law School are demanding an apology and explanation from the Toronto Police Service after one of their officers suggested women can avoid sexual assault by not dressing like a “slut”. Read the story here.

In Winnipeg, protesters call for resignation after judge allows victim blaming sentiments inform his sentence of a convicted rapist. See the video here.

In Manitoba ‘No woman asks to be raped’: Victim slams judge’s decision. Read the story here.

In Vancouver, BC, Women Respond to Comments by Reverend Ric Matthews of First United Church. Read the story here.

In Surrey, BC, Green Party Candidate resigns over rape comment. Read the story here.

In the US, an alliance of men have spoken out against victim blaming and issued a call to other men. Read about it here.

 

This year, Urban Women’s Anti-Violence Strategy an alliance between Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, Act II Safe Choice, Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW), YWCA Munroe House and Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) have teamed up again to focus on sexual violence against girls & women.

To participate in the conversation and to take action check out BWSS Battered Women’s Support Services Facebook page BWSS Facebook Group and follow us on Twitter here Ending Violence

 


Prevention of Violence Against Women Week – April 18 to 25, 2011.


Urban Women’s Anti-Violence Strategy

Over the years, Vancouver and the province of British Columbia has experienced a death by a thousand cuts as services and the network of support for women survivors of violence are being dismantled. Further the pursuit of liberation and equality for women remains elusive as systemic policies and practices are regressing while violence against girls and women continues as an epidemic.

In 2009, in unprecedented form, the feminist women’s organizations in Vancouver joined together to raise awareness by holding events and mobilizing direct action during Prevention of Violence Against Women Week in April.

We’re working to provide critical and essential support services, while working to end violence against girls and women.

To join our work email us at endingviolence@bwss.org

Urban Women’s Anti-Violence Strategy 2010 Death Does NOT Become Her

Urban Women’s Anti-Violence Strategy 2009 Critical and Essential Services


Preventing Violence Against Women 2010


Urban Women’s Anti-Violence Strategy Reconvening To host Death Does Not Become Her – Pre Mortem Initiatives

During Prevention of Violence Against Women Week April 18 – 24, 2010

In 2009, Urban Women’s Anti-Violence Strategy held events on Main Street in Vancouver to standing room only crowds confirming the essential and critical services women’s organizations provide in British Columbia.

In 2010, the location is Commercial Drive and the events are even more compelling and pressing.

Schedule:

Tuesday, April 20: What’s Rape Got To Do With It? An Evening of Consciousness-Raising
Little Nest located at 1716 Charles Street, Vancouver
7 pm to 9 pm

Wednesday, April 21: What do Women Want?: Feminists Shaping The Path for Men’s Anti-Violence Work
Little Nest located at 1716 Charles Street, Vancouver
7 pm to 9 pm

Thursday, April 22: The Grid: 5 Critical Forces Sustaining Male Violence Against Women
Little Nest at 1716 Charles Street, Vancouver
7 pm to 9 pm

Friday, April 23: When Battered Women are Arrested: The Systems’ Response to Violence Against Women
Britannia Community Centre Canucks Family Education Centre located 2nd floor 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
7pm to 9 pm

Sunday, April 25: Sisterhood: The Ties That Bind Us – A Film Screening of “Searching for Angela Shelton”
Rio Theatre located 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
2 pm to 5 pm

For more information call 604-687-1613, email strategicinterventions@bwss.org or www.bwss.org

Urban Women’s Anti-Violence Strategy is:

Howe Sound Women’s Centre,
Surrey Women’s Centre,
Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter,
South Fraser Women’s Services Society,
Act II Safe Choice,
Women Against Violence Against Women
Battered Women’s Support Services


Prevention of Violence Against Women Week 2009


All Events are Free and Open to the Public

Monday April 20, 2009.  7pm.  Montmartre Café, 4362 Main St.
Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter launches


The Johns : Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It

with author Victor Malarek and UBC law professor,  Janine Benedet

Tuesday April 21, 2009.  7pm.  Bean Around the World, 3598 Main St.
Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, YWCA Munroe House and Act II Safe Choice host

Rewriting Our Own Futures:  Words from Women of Vancouver Transition Houses

with ex-residents from transition houses and singer songwriter Kate Reid

Wednesday April 22, 2009. 7pm.  Montmartre Café, 4362 Main St.
Battered Women’s Support Services and WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre host


Community Engagement in Violence Prevention. Tough Guise: Violence Media and the Crisis in Masculinity

Film/panel discussion applying a feminist analysis to involving men/boys in anti-violence work  with Irene Tsepnopoulos-Elhaimer, Angela MacDougall, Hari Alluri and Curtis Clearsky and with performances by Kia Kidiri, JB The First Lady & Christie Lee

Thursday April 23, 2009.  7pm.  Our Town Café, 245 East Broadway.
Vancouver Rape Relief and Womens’ Shelter and WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre host

Bad Dates, Campus Creepers and Drug Rapes

with Aboriginal Women’s Action Network, Antigone Magazine and BC Women’s Hospital Sexual Assault Centre

Friday, April 24, 2009 Location TBA

Battered Women’s Support Services hosts

You Can Bet Your Maple Leaf On That – Violence Against Women and 2010 Olympics

Battered Women’s Support Services announces anti-violence strategy for 2010 Vancouver/Whistler Olympic Games pre, during and post prevention and intervention strategy

Saturday April 25, 2009. 7pm.  Our Town Café, 245 East Broadway.
Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter hosts

Olympics 2010: Women in Sport, women as Sport

with Exploited Voices Educating, Aboriginal Women’s Action Network and Sports Journalist, Laura Robinson

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