What's New at the Centre:
Welcome Back to School:
Drop in and say 'hi' on Sept 7th for button-making, food, and chats.
Join us at the Centre, 322 the Student Centre from 10am-5pm!
Everybody is welcome.
Sept 12-15: Sexweek 2011 (see CWTP at York on Facebook for more information)
please pre-register by emailing: email@example.com
*let us know of any food allergies
*let us know if you need childcare during the workshop
Great Israeli Apartheid Week event on campus Thursday March 10th, 2011!
THURSDAY, March 10th: York's Complicity in Apartheid: Art, Culture and
CWTP supports Israeli Apartheid Week, here is why!
The Centre for Women and Trans People at York University stands in solidarity with the organizers of Israeli Apartheid Week, their political principles and intentions, and the events taking place from March 7th-11th, 2011. We are in full support of IAW’s work to recognize the rights of Palestinians, to expose the injustices and human rights abuses that occur under Israeli occupation, and to work against the ‘pinkwashing’ of Israel—the use of queer rights to justify the colonization of Palestinians, queer and non-queer alike.
Call Out for CWTP Resource Centre suggestions!!
We are always looking for non-academic, accessible resources that
(for more information on all these events, check out the Programming: Upcoming Events section for the website)
We are currently looking for new collective members and volunteers!! If you are itching to get involved in a space where you can meet people; share and acquire new skills; challenge and empower yourselves; find and build personal support systems; and organize to resist the systems of domination in our lives check us out! We are looking for students and community members who want to get involved at the Centre and help develop new projects, campaigns and ideas.
If you are interested in getting involved check out the Get Involved: volunteer section for this website
What We Do
CWTP Collective Statement Regarding Rapes on Campus
September 12, 2007
We, The Centre for Women and Trans people at York University, are outraged by the rapes that occurred on Friday on the campus’ first pub night of the year. We commend the women-survivors for breaking the silence and reporting these offences. It is a courageous act given the lack of support provided by the legal system and society as a whole.
In a misogynistic culture that consistently celebrates male aggression while portraying women as sexual objects and disposable bodies, many are socialized beginning early on to internalize these messages and behave according to their proscribed gender identities. This is exacerbated by the violence faced by trans women and men in their day-to-day lives. What happened on Friday then, in addition to the recent dehumanizing rape of a woman at Carleton, the sexual assaults that occurred last year in the village, and everyday incidents that go unreported, isn’t just a case of “a few bad apples” that set out to violently degrade women. Instead, it’s about a culture that continually reproduces messages and images that facilitate the chronic abuse of women.
And, when rapes and other forms of violence do occur and survivors speak up, the individual is often held responsible and shamed. Blaming the survivor is counter-productive and deviates from the real problem: The culture of male ownership of womens’ bodies. Subsequently, for every sexual assault that is reported an overwhelming majority go unreported partially due to the fact that many perpetrators are known to the survivors.
This is not just a womens’ issue but a community issue. We all have a responsibility to break this cycle. We can start by resisting the apathy that pervades our community and work together to make some solid and long-term changes. We need to translate our thoughts into meaningful actions that support sustainable social change.
For Starters, we propose anti-oppression training for all members of the York community. In the same way that each student is required to attend a library research workshop and complete the Academic Integrity test, we believe the administration should finance mandatory anti-oppression training.
As so many people are reeling from the events and attempting to come to terms with living and/or going to school in an unsafe environment, we would like to extend our services.
Support from the Centre comes in numerous ways including:
- supportive listeners who validate your experiences
- strategize with you to come up with a safety plan to leave an unsafe situation
- write support letters on your behalf and/or liaise with the University
administration to meet and figure out your options if your academic work has suffered due to trauma
- accompany you to court, the clinic, the hospital and other appointments where you need emotional support.
We do prioritize women and trans people but are willing to refer other community members to appropriate and supportive services.
We are located at 322 Student Centre. 416 736 2100 x 33484. www.yorku.ca/ywc. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Signed, The Centre for Women and Trans people Collective
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 29TH -
A DAY OF ACTION AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE
To commemorate the Trans Day of Remembrance (Nov 20) and December 6th Women's Remembrance Day join together in action against all forms of gender violence by taking part in a mobile vigil on York campus. The event will include a participatory art installation in which community members are invited to share their ideas on building a safer campus community for everyone. We will also have guest speakers/ performers, information on gender violence and what you can do to get involved and resist it.
The event will conclude at 3pm with a march to Murray Ross Pkwy where a series of muggings and a sexual assault at gunpoint have recently occurred. Join people speaking out about their experiences and resistance of physical, sexual, gendered, financial, racial, and all other forms of violence. Let your voice be heard and your resistance be known.
When: Wednesday November 29th. Events will be running from 12-3 pm, feel free to stop by at anytime between then! The march starts @ 3pm.
Where: The Centre for Women and Trans People, 322 Student Centre, York Campus
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