Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, January 17, 2019

New listings this week:

1) This Saturday – Women’s March for Equality
2) PETRA (PEI Tobacco Reduction Alliance) – Public Awareness Campaign on Vaping
3) Handle with Care – Promoting Mental Health in Young Children
4) PEIBWA Activities
5) New Year Meditation: Creating Peace from the Inside Out
6) Family Literacy Day
7) PEI Referendum Information Session in Charlottetown and More Across the Province
8) Measuring low income and Canada’s Official Poverty Line
9) Survey Extension: Gender Inclusion in Agriculture, Fisheries, and Aquacutlture survey/ Date limite reportée – Sondage sur l’inclusion des genres dans les secteurs de l’agriculture, des pêches et de l’aquaculture
10) Children’s Health: What does income have to do with it?
11) Victims Week 2019 – Call for Presenters for the Federal Symposium / Semaine des victimes 2019 – Appel de conférenciers pour le colloque fédéral
12) Linking Together Event

The current and past issues of our Thursday E-News with upcoming community events and notices are available at the following links:

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, January 10, 2019

New listings this week:

1) Tonight – PEI In Solidarity With The Migrant Caravan
2) Women’s March for Equality – Pink Pussyhats
3) Women’s March for Equality
4) PEIBWA Activities
5) Blooming House – We are hiring!
6) Canadian Women in Municipal Government Scholarship
7) Town Hall Meetings – Pathways to Building an Age-Friendly and Inclusive Community
8) Island Studies January Lecture…
9) Electoral Referendum Choices: What Do Seniors Want to Know?
10) PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre – Executive Director Full Time Permanent Position
11) Circles of Safety and Support: Collaborative Safety Planning for Women at Risk of Intimate Partner Violence
12) Interministerial Women’s Secretariat Grant

The current and past issues of our Thursday E-News with upcoming community events and notices are available at the following links:

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, January 3, 2019

New listings this week:

1) Reminder – Today: Coalition for Women in Government Annual New Year’s Levee, 4-6pm
2) Daughters of the Vote: Deadline Extended
3) Gender Inclusion in Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture On-line Survey
4) Applications for Family Violence Prevention Week Mini Grants now open, deadline January 16
5) Council of Canadians
6) PEI Family Violence Prevention Services is Seeking Board Members
7) Employment Opportunity – NorthLake Fisheries
8) Order Form for Family Violence Prevention Week 2019 Print Materials Now Available, early orders appreciated
9) Seniors Active Living Centre
10) Seniors Symposium on Electoral Referendum Choices

The current and past issues of our Thursday E-News with upcoming community events and notices are available at the following links:

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Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, December 13, 2018

Members & Staff of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women wish you, your families, and your loved ones a season of peace & goodwill.

Our weekly community events notices will return on Thursday, January 3, 2019. We look forward to helping get the word out about your events in 2019.

New listings this week:

1) December 6 Memorial Service Photo Gallery
2) Stepping Up Against Gender Violence – Paxton Caseley Memorial Service Address
3) “The Wolf” – Poem by Lily Lévesque
4) Thank You…
5) Provincial Sustainable Transportation Strategy Survey
6) For Non-Emergency Health Information, Think of 811 This Holiday Season
7) Save the Date – Coalition for Women in Government Annual New Year’s Levee
8) PEIBWA Activities
9) Greetings from Actions Femmes ÎPÉ
10) Call for Proposals : Gender equality (GE) or gender-based violence (GBV) research
11) Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2019 Announcements!
12) Contract Job Position: Children’s Services Coordinator

The current and past issues of our Thursday E-News with upcoming community events and notices are available at the following links:

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Thank You Card – December 6, 2018

Sincere and heartfelt appreciation to everyone who attended the 29th Montreal Massacre Memorial Service on December 6, 2018. The service was a beautiful and moving reminder of suffering, injustice and the resilience of women. We will not forget the 14 women who died in Montreal and the 10 women who died on PEI since 1989. We will not forget any woman who suffers violence. And we will ACT to end gender-based violence.

Time to step up. Be ready to prevent violence against women.

 

 

 

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Stepping Up Against Gender Violence – Paxton Caseley Memorial Service Address

DSC_0265If I ask you to think about an example of gender-based violence, it’s likely that for most of us, some of the first things that come to mind are the tragedies and more explosive events that leave their mark on individuals, families, and at times their communities. But the sad reality is that violence begins much earlier. It is something that grows and like everything that grows, it starts somewhere small. The beginnings of gender-based violence are all around us in our everyday lives. It’s the demeaning or sexist joke that someone might have said in passing. It’s ways in which women are objectified and over-sexualized in our media. It’s the constricting gender-roles and expectations that are forced upon women from the time they are born. The list goes on and on.

When we idly stand by, don’t speak up, or don’t question these things, we are giving permission for violence to occur. We are enabling the sexist remarks and reinforcing the superior attitudes of the person who make these demeaning jokes. We are allowing women to be erased, diminished, and minimized by forcing them to fit into gender roles that demand their silence and obedience. And it also means that we are telling women that their intelligence and tenacity are not as valuable as it is to be palatable. Talking about and treating women as though we are less are the beginnings of violence. When women and female-identifying individuals are viewed as being second-class, it can quickly descend into dangerous thinking and actions. Not only does it mean that our voices, opinions, and concerns do not hold as much merit or importance; but it also means that when we do speak up about inequality or our right to feel safe and be free of harassment, abuse, and violence that we are not being taken seriously, we are dismissed, we are subjected to gas-lighting, we are asked what were we wearing, and we are told that it probably wasn’t as bad as we thought.

And so, these seemingly small acts of violence all add up to perpetuate, or even allow violence to continue.

This year’s theme is about taking action to prevent violence against women and we all have a role to play. When I’ve taught bystander intervention courses, I always like to remind people that bystander intervention doesn’t have to look like a dramatic scene from a soap opera. You don’t need to be a hero. It’s truly as simple as voicing your discomfort if you hear someone make degrading comment. It de-escalates the situation and creates a pause in whatever momentum they may have had, and hopefully following that pause there will be some internal reflection.

This past year, I had the opportunity to work with students and various organizations across Canada as we worked to address the issue of sexual violence on post-secondary campuses. I heard from many survivors and victims of their personal experiences, and no matter where they were from or which province they studied in, I kept hearing time and time again of the damage and hurt that occurs when school administrators, police officers, friends, or even family refuse to believe them. Because rather than receive the support and justice that they rightfully deserve, they are often found at a standstill and are unable to move forward. In the context of post-secondary institutions, all too often we saw that student survivors were being punished for coming forward, and if they were not placed under gag order, forced to see their perpetrator on campus and in classes, or being revictimized by investigators, they were dropping out and unable to continue their education without the needed and deserved safety and support. When you find yourself in a situation where something horrific and traumatic has happened to you, that fear does not leave you for a very long time, or perhaps it never does. It takes tremendous courage to speak up and tell someone, especially as there is often a significant risk involved in disclosing your experience. This is why it is crucial for there to be institutional accountability in the form of provincial legislation and regulations because despite what we would like to believe, institutions do not always have the best interests of student survivors in mind.

So not only do we need to learn to recognize violent behaviours, but we also need to believe the survivors and victims of violence. We all have an important role to play in the prevention of gender-based violence. We can choose to take action or remain inactive, but no matter your choice, remember that both have their consequences. And so I ask you to listen and believe survivors, speak up when something doesn’t seem right, intervene and de-escalate the situation, but above all.. be the change that you want to see.

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2018 Memorial Service Gallery

The selection of photos below are from the December 6, 2018 Memorial Service for Victims of Violence held at the Confederation Centre of the Arts (venue sponsor). Thanks to everyone who attended the service and participated in the 2018 Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence.

We remember 1989
29 Years Since the Montreal Massacre

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