This week Surrey Women’s Centre will be participating in a 2-day intensive Intersectional and Anti-Oppression Theory and Practice 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.