VIU’s 16 Days of Activism Working Group—the VIU Faculty Association (VIUFA), VIU Student Union (VIUSU), and VIU CUPE staff—would like to share information about upcoming events planned for this campaign. As you know, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence runs Nov 25-Dec 10, 2018. Access our Activity Calendar of events here: http://viusu.ca/latest-news/
THIS WEEK’S EVENTS
A film screening, hosted by the Status of Women Committee, including:
The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change and What are you? Microaggressions and LGBTQ Identities.
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The Clothesline Project pitch: Messages of Critique, Hope, and Calls for action
Date: Friday, November 23 @ 10 am
Location: Outside the Main cafeteria.
Specifically, we hope you’ll join us at one or more of the following four key events:
1. Only Yes Means Yes: A Workshop Consent and Sexual Misconduct facilitated by West Coast Leaf on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 3 pm-5 pm in Building 355, Room 203. This is open to staff, faculty, and students. 25 seats are available. Please register here: https://www.showpass.com/oymy/ (poster attached)
2. The #Why I Didn’t Report panel Tuesday, Nov 27, from 5:30-7:30 pm at VIU in Building 355, room 203. Panelists include: Jamie Lee Hamilton, an established activist for sex workers and Indigenous communities based in Vancouver; a representative from West Coast LEAF; and a representative from Nanaimo’s Haven Society. Seats will be limited at this event, so we encourage early arrival. We hope for a fruitful discussion to follow and see this topic as crucial to the ongoing discussions around disclosure, reporting, and the Me Too Movement.
3. Rise Up: An Evening of Art, Activism, and Education Monday, Dec 3, from 7-9pm, at The VIU View Gallery featuring faculty and literary readings as well as information tables from student clubs and Nanaimo community organizations who contribute to gender justice and anti-violence.
4. December 6 Vigil, an annual event taking place at 1pm in honour of women who have experienced violence. We will meet at the Clothesline Project, located just outside VIU’s Main cafeteria, and then will we march past the Red Dresses on campus to Jardin de Quatorze located on the hill above.
A Brief History of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
The United Nations, the Canadian government, Nanaimo City Council, and many community and campus organizations support this campaign, which has the following general aims to:
Educate: inform and draw awareness to the issue of sexual and gender-based violence.
Engage: facilitate opportunities for diverse participation and dialogue in the community against sexual and gender-based violence.
Empower: provide tools and resources on activism against sexual and gender-based violence in order to further an equal, just and safe society, locally and abroad.
We acknowledge and thank VIUFA, the VIUFA Status of Women, VIUFA Human Rights & VIUFA Decolonization, Reconciliation and Indigenization Committees, VIUSU, CUPE Local 1858, the Faculty of International Education and the VIU Sexual Conduct and Response Steering Committee for funding support.
Below find a map of campus groups and locations where campaign displays shall be visible.
We look forward to seeing you at these events!