This week Surrey Women’s Centre will be participating in a 2-day intensive workshop with facilitator Angela Marie MacDougall of BWSS. The Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Ending Gender Violence workshop intends to deepen the application of an anti-racism and anti-oppression framework in the frontline work of women’s and anti-violence organizations.
Surrey Women’s Centre (SWC) is a crisis centre for women and girls escaping domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence. For over 25 years SWC has been helping to protect and empower women and girls. SWC is the only women’s centre in Surrey, BC – as often the first and sometimes the only place victims call for help they provide women and girls in the community a safe place to turn. Surrey Women’s Centre is open 24 hours per day. 7 days per week. 365 days per year.
The Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Ending Gender Violence Workshop
Racism, racial abuse and racial violence are factors in the lives of women who access anti-violence organizations and racism is itself a distinct social determinant of the impact of gender-based violence. Individual and systemic racism present barriers to quality anti-violence services and programs.
Anti-racist practice is a strategic approach to addressing all forms of oppression in the anti-violence sector and system. The focus on racism does not mean we are competing with other “isms” or are creating a hierarchy of oppressions, and instead we see anti-racism as an entry point.
- Identify how values, beliefs, thoughts, attitudes, assumptions, preconceptions, and biases can influence attitudes and behaviours
- Identify how to remain open when values, beliefs, thoughts, attitudes, assumptions, preconceptions, and biases challenged
- Examine our values, beliefs, thoughts, attitudes, assumptions, preconceptions, and biases regularly to ensure they are not negatively influencing the support services and in co-worker relationships
- Understand how values, beliefs, thoughts, attitudes, assumptions, preconceptions, and biases are influenced by the systems and institutions we live and work in
- Define the key components of an anti-racism and anti-oppression analysis
- Define and understand the forms of racism including anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism
- Describe the structural links among different forms of oppression within a societal context that is both local and global including colonization, racism, class structure, economic models, environmental issues, heterosexism and homophobia, gender, and disability
- Describe the importance of working with women who have experienced violence from a decolonizing, anti-racism and anti-oppression approach
- Increase their understanding of anti-racism and anti-oppression best practices ending violence work
For More Information:
On the Surrey Women’s Centre and their services and programs click here.
On Battered Women Support Services training programs and workshops click here.