Roots and Resilience: Exploring Healing Centred Engagement and Pleasure with Black Survivors of Sexual Violence
Presented by: Yamikani Msosa, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Coordinator, Humber College
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Bio: Yamikani Msosa has a master's degree in Women and Gender Studies from Carleton University and was recently an Education Specialist at Ryerson University's Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education. At Ryerson, she supported education and support initiatives including forming a support group for black students called R.E.S.T (Resisting, Existing and Supporting Trauma). She has given training all over the country on issues related to Sexual Violence, LGBTQ Communities and Anti-Black Racism including to the Ontario Ministries of the Attorney General; Labour; Status of Women; as well as the UN Committee on International Decade of People of African Descent; United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Yamikani has been featured in Macleans Magazine, The Walrus, Chatelaine Magazine, Now Toronto, CBC National and more.
Yami currently sits on the Advisory Council for MATCH International Global Fund for Women & Youth Advisory for the Equality Project at Ottawa University Law Department where she is researching Intersectionality & Bystander Intervention on Campus Universities across Canada. In her spare time, Yamikani is a yoga instructor teaching anti-racist, accessible body affirming yoga classes.
Description: In the last webinar Roots and Resistance, Yamikani focused on challenges faced by black survivors of sexual violence exploring historical, social and economic barriers. In this webinar, she is shifting gears to explore principles of healing centred engagement based on Dr. Shawn Ginwright's work and practices of resiliency that exist for black survivors of sexual violence.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Intimate Partner Violence: Implications of the Co-occurrence of PTSD & TBI
Presented by: Dr. Akosoa McFadgion
Date & Time: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Bio: Dr. McFadgion is the Director of the Office of Interpersonal Violence Prevention at Howard University. She is a trained social worker and research psychologist with over 20 years’ of experience conducting research that includes examining child sexual abuse prevention, the intersection of HIV, substance use and domestic violence, and the prevalence of interpersonal violence on college campuses. Her research interest is examining the relationship between intimate partner violence and traumatic brain injury, and how these facets of trauma affect women’s mental health. Her passion is educating others in the area of trauma, domestic violence, family violence, and how these factors influence the health of women and girls. Her research and practice experience has blessed her with the insight to frame healthy relationships from an evidence-based and trauma-informed approach. Watch Dr. McFadgion discuss TBI and IPV at the "Violence Against Women & Traumatic Brain Injury Forum" in March 2019.
Description: In this webinar, Dr. McFadgion will explore the relationship between TBI and PTSD in the context of IPV and the unique experiences of black women and considerations for service providers.
Sex Trafficking in Northeastern Ontario: Mapping Patterns of Exploitation & Community Resilience
Presented by: Dr. Rosemary Nagy, Associate Professor, Nipissing University and her research partners*
Date & Time: October 22, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Bio: Dr. Rosemary Nagy works in the area of human rights with a focus on transitional justice--responses to genocide, mass atrocity, and other human rights crimes. She has researched and published in the contexts of South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda and, more recently, she has studied the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which was established in response to Indian Residential Schools. Dr. Nagy is particularly interested in the relationship between gross violations of human rights and everyday, structural violence. Her current research flows from the study of residential schools; she examines the gendered legacies of colonialism and residential schools in the case of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. She is also Principal Investigator of SSHRC-funded research partnership between Nipissing University, Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing, the Union of Ontario Indians, and the AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area. The research group is mapping patterns of exploitation and community resilience with regard to sex trafficking in northeastern Ontario. Dr. Nagy has published in Law and Society, Third World Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, and International Journal of Transitional Justice.
How Law and Stigma Harm Sex Workers: Panel Discussion
Presented by: Representatives from Butterfly and Maggie’s
Date & Time: November 19, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
In this webinar, presenters will explore how the stigma, marginalization and criminalization associated with sex work impacts sex workers’ health and personal safety.
Butterfly was formed by sex workers, social workers, legal and health professionals. It provides support to, and advocates for, the rights of Asian and migrant sex workers. The organization is founded upon the belief that sex workers are entitled to respect and basic human rights. Butterfly asserts that, regardless of their immigration status, Asian and migrant sex workers should be treated like all other workers.
Learn more: https://www.butterflysw.org
Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project is an organization run for and by local sex workers. Our mission is to assist sex workers in our efforts to live and work with safety and dignity. We are founded on the belief that in order to improve our circumstances, sex workers must control our own lives and destinies.
Learn more: http://maggiestoronto.ca/about
SafeSpace is a volunteer run NFP support centre for sex workers, allies and women/non binary folks in crisis located 96 Rectory. Our model is one of empowerment with the goal of meeting women where they are at and helping sex workers operate with safety and dignity. We aim to make a real community that strives to raise the basic living conditions of its most vulnerable and exploited members. We are open Monday and Tuesday nights, 6:00 PM-11:00 OM and offer harm-reduction supplies, HIV & STI/STD educational resources, cosmetics, clothes, hygiene goods, first aid, food, coffee, tea and information about current services in London.
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/safespace.london/