Sexual Harassment and Precarious Workplaces
Date & Time: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM Eastern Standard Time
Presented by: Dr. Kaitlyn Matulewicz, Organizer, Retail Action Network
Presentation: How does an insecure and precarious work environment relate to unwanted or uncomfortable sexual experiences at work? Using restaurant work as an example, the webinar will explore the connections between precarious work environments, the law, and experiences of sexual harassment on the job.
Bio: Kaitlyn Matulewicz lives and works on the west coast in Lekwungen Territory (often called Victoria BC). She’s an organizer with the Retail Action Network, a direct action group fighting for workplace justice and better working conditions for retail, food-service, and hospitality workers. Kaitlyn received her PhD from the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria where she researched women’s experiences of sexual harassment in the BC restaurant industry.
Building Supports: Housing Access for Immigrant and Refugee Women (IRW) Leaving Violence
Presented by: Hannah Lee, BC Society of Transition Houses, Louise Godard & Jill Atkey, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, and Sarah Yercich, the FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women & Children.
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EST
Presentation: Building Supports: Housing Access for Immigrant and Refugee Women (IRW) Leaving Violence is a collaborative, three-year, community-based project, co-led by the BC Non-profit Housing Association, the BC Society of Transition Houses, and the FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children (School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University). This project is focused on understanding the barriers to accessing secure and affordable house for IRW leaving violent relationships and considering possible recommendations for practice and policy to address those barriers.
In this webinar, representatives from the partner organizations will share information on the three phases of Building Supports:
- Phase I: Research
- Phase II: Promising Practices and a Provincial Awareness Campaign
- Phase III: Policy, Recommendations & Solutions
Louise Godard is the research and project coordinator for the the Building Supports project. She is a community-based researcher who has been working in the area of violence against women and girls for eighteen years in various capacities, including front-line crisis work, community-based research, policy development, and international work developing health policy for young girls trafficked and exploited in the sex trade. She holds a Master’s of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University.
Sarah Yercich is a doctoral candidate and sessional instructor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU), and holds an M.Sc. in Applied Criminology and B.Sc. in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University (NAU). Sarah is a research associate with the FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children at SFU, and works with Drs. Margaret Jackson and Katherine Rossiter on the Immigrant and Refugee Populations Research Team for the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative for Vulnerable Populations led by Drs. Peter Jaffe (Western) and Myrna Dawson (Guelph). Prior to beginning her doctoral studies at SFU, Sarah worked as Adjunct Faculty at NAU and as a Senior Information Specialist with the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative under the supervision of Dr. Neil Websdale (NAU).
Hannah Lee is the Manager of Membership Services at BC Society of Transition Houses. She supports and liaise with Transition Houses across British Columbia and coordinates projects such as Building Supports and Reaching Out with Yoga projects. She is committed to her work ending gender-based violence and gets inspiration from members she supports, her colleagues and the women and children she serves. Outside of work, Hannah is a dedicated yoga practitioner and volunteers her time at a crisis line.