Now what? Beyond statements of solidarity

Virtual Forum Session

Monday, January 18, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET

In this session, participants will learn about how white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and state violence have come to shape both gender-based violence and the gender-based violence sector in Canada. Join us as panelists discuss why violence against Black women and children must be understood within this broader context, and how this awareness is essential for informing accountability within the gender-based violence sector.

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Looking Within: Anti-Black Racism and the Gender-Based Violence Sector in Canada

The Learning Network invites you to the Virtual Forum, Looking Within: Anti-Black Racism and the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Sector in  Canada. This Forum brings together the voices and insights of Black activists, advocates, academics, artists, and service providers from across Canada for a series of dialogues about complicity and accountability in the GBV sector on issues of anti-Black racism.   

Through a series of virtual panel discussions, participants will be invited to “look within” the systems, organizational practices, and ideologies they take part in.  Each session explores various dimensions of anti-Black racism, with discussions aimed at informing transformative, strengths-based, practical changes within the GBV sector.

  • Monday, Jan. 18, 1-3 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1-3 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1-3 p.m. ET

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Research Western’s Knowledge Exchange School 2020

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Academic and research partners are encouraged to attend Western Research’s Knowledge Exchange School, held virtually, with sessions on December 2, 9, and 16.

Attendees will learn about knowledge exchange, developing innovative and robust knowledge exchange plans for grants, writing a compelling background section, engaging policy-makers in research, measuring scholarly impact and sharing research using GIS and The Conversation.

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COVID 19 – It’s More Than A Virus When It Comes to Black Lives

In this addition to the Voices from the Margins of a Crisis series, Dobijoki Emanuela reflects on the intersection of COVID-19, white supremacy, and anti-black racism.

“I wasn’t so paranoid and anxious about the potential of never seeing my family members again. It wasn’t until the events that were perpetuated onto my community – the Black community – during this pandemic made me weary and afraid of the varied angles that our lives can simply be taken from us.”

Dobijoki Emanuela, COVID 19 – It’s More Than A Virus When It Comes to Black Lives