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Fall Semester Opt-out Info

The Centre for Gender Advocacy is a student funded organization. You have the right to opt out of the fee levy for the Centre.

Before opting out, please consider that for only ¢37 per credit (for undergraduate students) or ¢50 per semester (for graduate students), the Centre pCGA-logo_v2rovides :

• a feminist library with over 1000 titles!
• free and confidential peer support!
• trans* advocacy and resources!
• fantastic events and workshops!
• meeting rooms and resources to support community organizing!
• harm reductions supplies, safer sex kits and low-cost chest compression binders!
• exciting volunteer opportunities with campaigns like Missing Justice and A Safer Concordia!

In order to opt out, please come to our office at 2110 MacKay, Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm. Please bring your student ID card and student account record (you can show your up-to-date number of credits on your myconcordia.ca account via your laptop or mobile device; by using a computer on-site at our office; or, if you wish, by print out). You can opt out for the Fall 2017 semester from September 25th to October 6th. If you are unable to get to our office during this period please get in touch and we will be happy to make an appointment with you for another date. For more information, call 514-848-2424 x7431 or email info[at]genderadvocacy.org.

News Release: Students and Survivors Across Quebec Call for Ongoing and Improved Collaboration to Address Sexual Violence

""Montréal, Trois-Rivières, Chicoutimi, and Rimouski, April 6 2017

Full open letter available here.

Today, eleven student and survivor-focused groups released a statement advocating for a survivor-centric response by the province to sexual violence. As groups which had been both included or excluded from of the Ministry of Education and Post-Secondary Education’s consultation on sexual violence, they offered reflections and critiques on the process thus far, as well as pragmatic next steps for the development of meaningful legislation to address the issue.

They expressed appreciation for the indication of good faith by many actors who participated, but also noted several areas for future improvement. Despite concrete suggestions being provided in advance, there was very little accommodation available to support participation by survivors, and the lack of bi-directional translation rendered the events inaccessible to many, particularly members of anglophone universities.

Lana Gailbraith, Sustainability Coordinator of the Concordia Student Union (CSU), notes “We were not invited until the very last minute, and then were allotted only one seat for participation. How can these consultations tackle a complex topic like sexual violence on campuses if they are not doing their due diligence in terms of inviting those who are the most targeted — students and survivors.”

Furthermore, they expressed concern that the government depended too heavily on education institutions’ upper administration in conducting campus consultations and recommending participants for the government’s reflection days. As a result, many important voices were underrepresented throughout the process, including those of young people, survivors, people of colour and Indigenous people.

“Recognizing that Concordia students, especially survivors, are best positioned to make recommendations on how to prevent and respond to sexual violence, both at the university level and to inform creation of legislation, we partnered with the CSU to host our own consultation on campus. We were disappointed to not have seen those same efforts from the university administration,” says Stacey Gomez, Action Coordinator at the Centre for Gender Advocacy.

The groups collectively called for meaningful and ongoing consultation to be conducted throughout the creation of legislation, and for this legislation to include mandatory sexual violence policies, accountability mechanisms, and a commitment to equitably distribute resources in a way that especially supports existing community groups and regional post-secondary institutions.

“When it comes to the complex issue of sexual violence, we must not only be learning and working together on improving, but also holding each other accountable to a higher standard. Above all, we must never forget to centre the needs and experiences of survivors.” affirmed Kristen Perry, anglophone spokesperson for the Association for the Voice of Education of Quebec (AVEQ).

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Media Contact:
Isaac Stethem
Advisor to the Executive for AVEQ
1-888-994-9177 ext. 1
cons.exec@aveq-nous.ca

Recording of Fearing the Black Body: A Panel Discussion on Gender, Violence, Misrepresentation & Resistance

""Enjoy this recording of the Fearing the Black Body panel discussion that took place on February 28, 2017 as part of our Thick Skin event series! Recording courtesy of Hannah Besseau at CKUT.

Many thanks to our wonderful speakers Robyn Maynard, Marlihan Lopez and J. Ellise Barbara as well as to our Peer Support Training Coordinator and A Safer Community volunteer, Jada Joseph for facilitating this wonderful discussion.

The panel traced the evolution of anti-Blackness in Canada and discuss the current context, focusing on the realities of Black cisgender and trans women, and gender non-conforming people. Panelists also discussed the ways in which institutions, including the legal system and police, perpetuate gendered and anti-black violence and spoke about local organizing work to address systemic anti-black racism, sexism and transmisogyny.

Speaker Biographies

J. Ellise Barbara is a Montreal-based avant-garde singer-songwriter and artist whose musical output combines elements of brazen 80s funk, late 70s underground, and downtown no wave. A lover of the odd, dark, and overlooked elements in pop music, they find inspiration in unexpected sources, like off-the-radar acts Su Tissue, Kashif, Francis Bebey, and obscure new wave duo Rexy. Rising from artist-run spaces such as La Brique and Drones Club at the turn of the current decade, J. Ellise Barbara has seen their work soar to enduring acclaim in countries such as Japan and France, in a short career whose highlights include duets with Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), and DIY icon R. Stevie Moore. Since going on an indeterminate hiatus, Barbara’s efforts have been partly centered around LGBTQ community organizing (Taking What We Need, ASTTeQ, African Rainbow). They are working on a long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Soft To The Touch.

Marlihan Lopez is a Black feminist who’s been involved in movements for the rights of women and Afro-descendant people in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Her background includes more than 10 years of experience in community organizing, feminist activism and intercultural education, as well as a Masters in International Studies. She is a community organizer with collectives combatting racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination such as Tout le hood en Parle and Montreal Noir, as well as the president of the Fondation Paroles de femmes, which works to create inclusive spaces for racialized women to speak and take action.

Robyn Maynard is a Black feminist who has spent years documenting racist and gender-based state violence. She has also spent the better part of the decade doing frontline harm-reduction in Montreal and is currently completing her first book Policing the Black Body: State Violence and Black Life in Canada, for Fernwood Publishing. Robyn’s past work has involved full-time street-based outreach with sex workers at Montreal’s non-profit organization Stella, doing harm-reduction, rights-based education and medical, legal, and social service accompaniments surrounding health and anti-violence. A harsh critic of systemic racism in all of its forms, Maynard has been involved in grassroots organizing against police violence. Most recently, she helped co-found Montreal Noir, a Black activist group committed to combatting anti-Black racism in Quebec, and is a part of the Black Indigenous Harm Reduction Alliance.