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As a grassroots community-based initiative, today, I am delighted to announce that we are officially an incorporated non-for-profit organization. While our status has changed, our work continues to be led by our community-centred vision, and driven by the needs of our community. We will continue to rely on our community members to shape and co-de the next exciting chapter of our work.
Since we have collaborated with a range of partners to deliver diverse programming. We will continue to collaborate with other like-minded agencies, to deliver impactful programs to our members. A brief note recounting our journey so far: We have organized and hosted conferences, workshops, and public forums that focused on engaging our community members on current critical issues, building their leadership capacity, and enhancing their civic participation. We have so far successfully engaged more than immigrant and refugee students as well as other community members in our programs and activities.
Inour team led a transformational expansion of the organization, and moved us from being a campus-based student group initiative into being a national grassroots organization that supports immigrant and refugee students in postsecondary institutions across Canada. We launcheded the Immigrant Women National Network that aims to amplify the voices of black and racialized immigrant and refugee women, and advances their leadership capacity. We have a bold vision to educate, inspire and galvanize immigrant communities to take action Women want nsa Marble Colorado social change and impact, as well as to support them in building their capacity for self-advocacy.
In line with our vision, and our values, we will continue to tirelessly work at the intersection of migration, education, and social justice; we are committed to function as a platform to promote inclusion, equity, and racial justice for post-secondary newcomer, immigrant, and refugee students. We are dedicated to supporting and empowering this segment in their cultural transitioning, and in their social and economic integration, and civic engagement in Canadian post-secondary institutions as well as in the broader society.
Our mandate continues to be the same, to provide a safe space to empower newcomer, immigrant, and refugee students to build fellowship, capacity and community through their shared lived experiences. It is important to acknowledge and name violent acts, call them out, and denounce them.
Because our words matter. There are times though when words also seem grossly inadequate, such as this most recent act of hate and Islamophobia targetting an innocent Muslim family, in London, Ontario, on the evening of Sunday June 6. Four members of a Muslim family were unfortunate victims of this horrific truck-attack as they waited at an intersection to cross the street. The members of the family who lost their lives are: the father, 46 years-old; the mother, 44 years-old; their daughter, 15 years-old; and the grandmother, 74 years old.
The youngest in the family, their son, nine years-old, sustained serious injuries and is in hospital fighting for his life. If a family of five, enjoying a simple walk in their own neighbourhood on a Sunday evening, can be deliberately attacked in this senseless manner, how are other members of that community supposed to make sense of such extreme hate and bigotry, the feelings left-behind, that an enemy lurks about? How can grieving individuals, families, and communities find the tools to deal with emotions that can leave behind a trail of nervousness and anxiety when stepping out of their homes?
Real action, justice, and good policy frameworks are needed in addition to words condemning such hateful massacres. Canada is at a critical time of reckoning; and we Women want nsa Marble Colorado be sensitive to understanding small stories of hate and bullying, and big events like terrorist acts, on a continuum of racism and colonialism. We, as individuals and communities, must all stand together, in solidarity and ally-ship.
We must be united not only by our differences but also through our compassion, empathy and collective impact. We express our utmost horror, grief and anger against this hate-targeted terrorist attack. The Newcomer Students Association NSA is a national nonprofit organization whose mandate is to promote and advocate for inclusion, equity, and racial justice for post-secondary newcomer, immigrant, and refugee students.
We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community and Muslim students in all post-secondary institutions in Canada. We continue to be committed to addressing and fighting hate, Islamophobia and racism in all its forms in Canadian campuses and the broader community. For urgent issues: Additional Mental Health Support resources available in Ontario can be found here. Too many lives have been lost to inadequate labour standards — we need action now. As organizations that serve hundreds of thousands of Ontarians, many of whom face systemic oppressions such as poverty and racism, Women want nsa Marble Colorado feel it is a critical moment to sound the alarm.
We acknowledge that working to end and mitigate the effects of a viral, airborne threat is no small feat for any government. We welcome interventions such as the rollout of vaccines in communities across Ontario, and recent efforts to target hotspots. While limited interventions have been offered to these workers in recent weeks, the responses fall well short of adequate.
Protections such as uninterrupted access to vaccines and paid sick days to ensure workers who are sick are not forced to go to work have not been made available. The failure to provide the most vulnerable workers with the support they need harms communities that already face structural inequities and systemic violence. Workers need at least 10 paid sick days so that if they are ill, they can safely isolate and prevent the spread of infection. Long wait times and complicated online booking for hotspot areas are also problematic: Essential workers need flexibility and easy access to booking appointments because they are not in front of a computer all day.
These workers are at assembly lines or in child care settings, busy risking their lives in order to keep the economy moving. For many essential workers, the opportunity to get a vaccine at a pop-up site requires standing in line for hours in inclement weather. This is not equitable access. The lives of essential workers must be valued as much as our society values their labour. We are also concerned that the advice delivered by the experts at the provincial Science Table is not being acted upon with enough anticipation of the threats ahead.
Sweeping late afternoon announcements and knee-jerk decisions erode public trust. Your apology and retraction of the order days later was the right move, but the damage was already done. Local municipalities should not have to enact public health orders to halt the operations of unsafe workplaces — that order should come from provincial leadership. Ontarians were heartbroken to hear of the death of year-old Emily Victoria Viega, the daughter of a warehouse worker who succumbed to COVID in her bed at home in Brampton.
This death was preventable. Many of the community members we work with and serve face heightened challenges — pandemics upon pandemics — and the failure of policy makers to support them is resulting in much harm and long-term suffering.
We recognize that governing during a pandemic is arduous, never-ending and difficult on many levels. But if we do not keep the lives and contributions of essential workers as the core focus of this crisis response, it will only lead to greater devastation.
Black, racialized, newcomer, and migrant workers — many of whom are women — deserve good labour market conditions and protection from COVID We need safer workplaces, a stronger social safety net and equity-responsive policies that work. Establish an Equity Advisory Table and take concrete steps to apply an equity lens to all pandemic-related policy decisions. Thank you for considering our concerns.
We welcome the opportunity to provide ongoing input and our assistance to ensure pandemic responses support those who have been most impacted. Christine Elliott, Minister of Health Hon. The discussion primarily centred around reflections on existing structural gaps and needs in the GBV sector, panelists diving deep in to take stock of factors that had so easily exposed the fragilities in Women want nsa Marble Colorado GBV ecosystem during this time of the COVID pandemic. All the speakers Women want nsa Marble Colorado an in-depth understanding of the sector, including from a historical perspective.
Further, having been committed activists for long years, many being survivors too;, they had been working tirelessly to create gains to eliminate gender-based violence, and to facilitate real change in the lives of GBV survivors, especially racialized women impacted by various forms of gendered violence. Second, all panelists agreed that only incremental changes have happened in the last thirty years, much progress being surface level and mere tokenism. One of the main reasons highlighted as being responsible for this current situation was the absence of core funding for agencies working in the GBV sector; at the root of this gap being the lack of focus and political will to address this status quo scenario.
When funding is disbursed project-wise, there is obviously little room to build momentum for sustained work, and the ability to continuously build upon the work already done and consolidate gains achieved so far is diminished. Such a funding model also creates a competitive environment where agencies find it hard to work as partners and collaborators, unable to trust each other as allies working towards the shared goal of supporting survivors.
This is a missed opportunity for a collective community approach. This is reflected in programming coming from a reactive place, in response to acute and inflammatory situations; and an inability to focus on education, and building long-term community relationships and resources that may provide sustainable support to women impacted by GBV, using a long-term approach.
Another important theme that came up repeatedly in the discussion, was the lack of institutional understanding and application of an intersectional approach to address GBV. On the ground, while carrying out work in the GBV sector, this translates as lack of alignment and coordination between practices and processes within different sectors; and this also le to prejudicial treatment of survivors. Jasmine pointed to systemic shortcomings, emphasizing the lack of prioritization of GBV by policy makers.
By employing a race and gender neutral approach to GBV while formulating public policy, and by not listening to advocacy bodies that have been working with women and girls, and with survivors, they have ignored the fact that GBV intersects with other intractable structural issues like poverty, income inequality, inadequate housing, residency status in Canada, to name a few central determinants of marginalization, she highlighted.
Jessica, speaking in the context of a project on interventions in intimate partner violence IPVhighlighted the lack of robust standards of practice across the board among organizations working in the GBV sector. These negative histories of relationships, and power dynamics, have led to an absence of mutual trust on the part of organizations, and reluctance to work together. Arezoo spoke of the experiential perspective in GBV, highlighting that many women working in the sector come with lived experience of gendered violence, and of experience of work in the community-based sector.
They carry within them a nuanced understanding of the problems and the solutions. From such an organic position, they see clearly that social determinants of health are important considerations, as is the need for holistic responses and strategic foresight for creating good solutions. The discussion pointed to the flawed and complex model of change that is constructed so, in a way by-de. Such a model is also lacking in cultural sensitivity and fails to support women who just want the abuse to stop. Panelists were emphatic about the need for a comprehensive integrated approach that is sensitive to the lived experiences of racialized communities, that is respectful and consistent with regard to the terminology being used-for instance, the issue of languaging- to describe survivors.
All in all, an important conversation to close the GBV series, with a clarion call for action that is survivor-centric, multifaceted and Women want nsa Marble Colorado, contextualized in an integrated framework, with understanding of intersectionality and ability baked into it.
Panelists insisted that robust processes and practices must be part of policy making if the objective is to create actionable solutions that can seriously address a complex multilayered issue like gender based violence. Our hearts are angered and grieved by the recent tragic killings in Atlanta; and we send a message of support and love to bereaved families of the victims, and to all members of the Asian community.
With heavy hearts, and with determination to continuously fight racism, xenophobia, white supremacy, and misogyny, and to advocate for systemic change, we strongly condemn the Atlanta spa shootings that killed eight individuals, six of them were women of Asian descent.
This heinous and brutal act of violence has once again demonstrated the pervasive prevalence of hate and xenophobia, as well as racism and sexism, in our society. These fatal shootings also reiterate the continuation of anti-Asian racism that was highlighted at the start of the pandemic, and that has persisted throughout this difficult year.
We are here to support all students as they navigate a year like no other. We continue to support racialized students and to fight all forms of hate and racism on our campuses. We are saddened by the stories shared by many Asian students, of their experiences with racism, xenophobia, and not feeling safe on our campuses. We pledge to continue addressing racism in our educational institutions while also doing what we can to support Asian and other racialized and vulnerable student groups.
The session was moderated by Dr. The three panelists included two NSA team members—Dr. The panelists drew from their professional and practice expertise and respectively commenced their presentations with discussion of the various ways intimate partner violence IPV generally manifests in a relationship and called attention to what is needed to mitigate challenges posed by the COVID pandemic and existing community capacity building tools and resources. The abusers are often narcissists who begin abusing in subtle ways. In unhealthy relationships, parties communicate in hurtful ways, there is mistreatment, accusations, and controlling dynamics.
IPV is cyclical and consists of tension building, trigger, instance of abuse, excuse, honeymoon, then the routine restarts again. The abused party gets consumed by the exhausting repeating cycle of unpredictability and recovery. Abusive behaviours hardly change and the abuser always blames their victims for their abusive behaviours or Women want nsa Marble Colorado. Experts attribute these s, among other things, to the intersectional systemic issues rooted in social and economic factors such as increased poverty; lack of affordable housing; precarious and low-paying employment; lack of universal child care, and unequal access to technology and internet service.
These factors have created a pressure-cooker environment exacerbated by social isolation, an inability to leave abusive situations due to lockdowns, and added fear or discomfort with following COVID protocols with their triggering effect reminiscent of controlling or abusive experience of survivors and lack of privacy. The second presenter, Sidra Ahmed-Chan drew attention to the reality of GBV statistics against women, but stated that:.
According to police reported data the majority of GBV is men abusing women with eight in ten victims of intimate partner homicides committed in Canada are women being killed by men. She shared numerous critical community resources such as Shelter Safe an organization which provides a Canada-wide map of shelters and transition houses.
She noted newcomers face the same rates of GBV as other communities though they often face unique barriers for accessing support and services as they are ill informed about available community resources, they are underemployed, face racism and stereotypes and there is a lack of culturally sensitive support services. She added, there is much community support for individuals supporting survivors of GBV and there are a lot of people in the world advocating, researching, and working towards creating safer communities like you.
She drew attention to examples of everyday Women want nsa Marble Colorado, grassroots efforts by community organizations and advocacy groups that help support individuals experiencing abuse such as:. The graphic novel and the booklet were created with immigrants, refugees and people without status who had experienced GBV to share accurate and culturally relevant information.
Moreover, the resources help to provide practical ideas and guidelines for hosting community-based educational events service providers and advocates have identified as a best practice in addressing GBV.
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