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
(scroll down to find out how to become a volunteer with the Centre)
Find out how you can make your voice heard about Bill 94-- check out: http://nonbill94.wordpress.com/2010/04/05/hello-world/ or join us for a call-in and email-in on Tuesday May 18th from 1:30-2:30pm.
The CWTP York writes on Bill 94:
I am writing from the Centre for Women and Trans People at York University in support of the No to Bill 94 campaign. As coordinator for a women’s organization, it is deeply concerning to see a piece of legislation intended to dictate what women can and cannot wear in public. Bill 94 should be alarming to any organization that works to advocate for women’s right to choose; which is what most of us claim to be doing. Women’s movements have been fighting for years to have access to equal opportunities and to a full spectrum of choices for women. Despite this ongoing struggle, once again our right to choose is being undermined; this time, through racist legislation that masquerades as progressive and feminist.
Bill 94, in truth, is neither of these things. In fact, it is a direct assault on Muslim women. And inadvertently, an assault on all women’s rights because it implies that the state knows what is good for women, better than each woman knows for herself. Not only is it an assault because, once approved, women will no longer have the right to chose how to dress themselves, but also because women who fail to comply with the state’s dress code will lose the right to access healthcare, education, and employment.
The Bill is Islamophobic and affects Muslim women on both a practical and ideological level. It is a practical assault, for in its implementation it will deny Muslim women who wear the Niqab access to public services. It is also an ideological assault, as only Muslim women are targeted by a law regulating attire; thus implying that they are unable to make appropriate choices and to be agents in their religious practice and everyday activities. The manner in which the bill is being defended also implies that Muslim women are unable to exercise freedom, and must be mandated to ‘enjoy’ western ‘freedoms’—the hypocrisy is astounding. In this political moment, given the current war on terror that Harper professes to be fighting for women (while he cuts funding to Canadian women’s agencies and removes 'women’s equality' from the mandate of Status of Women Canada), this bill is dangerous and circulates notions of womanhood that excludes Muslim women. Muslim women’s dignity, agency and humanity are being threatened.
This is a Bill that should be raising eyebrows across the country. What is at stake is women’s right to choose. And this should never be mistaken for who has the right to chose for women. Defenders of Bill 94 seem to argue that it will have emancipating effects for Muslim women. While we should be quite familiar with this imperialist smoke screen since 9/11 and the occupation of Afghanistan, it still bears mentioning for those who are unwilling to check their racism. The only way to truly insure that there are systems in place to protect women’s rights and freedoms is to ensure that they have access to education, employment, healthcare, women’s shelters, counseling and most importantly, choices— all things which will be denied to some under Bill 94.
Interested in Volunteering at the Centre?
We are looking for new volunteers and collective members for the summer and fall! We are interested in students and community members who have between 2-4 hours a week to share with the Centre and who can commit about year! Volunteering at the CWTP is a great way to meet people; share and acquire new skills; challenge and empower ourselves; find and build personal support systems; and organize to resist the systems of domination in our lives. It is a great way to make an impact at York and shape the work of an important campus organization.
Volunteers and collective members are required to attend a weekend of training before getting involved with the Centre. This weekend will be fun, interesting and a great learning experience! Over the course of the weekend you will learn about system of power and privilege in our society and what it means to be a feminist and trans-positive space. You will also learn about how collectives using a consensus-based decision making process operate, what it means to be non-hierarchal and how to make our organization, space and events as accessible as possible. In addition, throughout the year the Centre will be offering additional non-compulsory trainings, (such as poster-making, web-design, how to develop a workshop) and will be facilitating on going anti-oppression discussion groups—providing you with many opportunities to learn and grow!
Thanks again for your interest!
To apply to become a Collective Member:
Download our Collective Membership Application Form (available in PDF or WORD) and drop it off at the Centre. Printed forms are available at the Centre as well. All information provided on this form will be accessible only to designated staff and volunteers for the purpose of the Program. Submitting an application does not guarantee your acceptance as a Collective Member. Thanks for your interest.
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