Centre for Gender Advocacy

Job Posting: Action Coordinator (Programming Lead and Campaigns Coordination)

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The Centre for Gender Advocacy is committed to employment equity as an ongoing process. Women, Indigenous peoples, members of racialized groups, people with disabilities, and members of other historically marginalized communities are encouraged to apply. When candidates do not differ significantly in merit, and one such candidate belongs to a historically marginalized group, Employment Equity requires that the member in this group will be selected.

About the Centre for Gender Advocacy:
The Centre for Gender Advocacy (the Centre) is an independent, student-funded, Concordia University organization, mandated to promoting gender equality and empowerment particularly as it relates to marginalized communities. This mandate is achieved through ongoing programming, campaigns, resources, services, advocacy and a commitment to accessibility.

Accessibility:
The Centre for Gender Advocacy recently underwent an accessibility audit. We are currently working on implementing the recommendations arising from the audit.

The Action Coordinator will work at the office located at 1500 de Maisonneuve W, Unit 404 (there is a second office at 2110 Mackay). There is a ramp outside leading to the front door, however most wheelchair users find it to be too steep to use (10.8% grade). Since we share the floor with a business, we have not been able to successfully create gender-neutral washrooms even temporarily during events. Space users are of course welcome to use whichever washroom they want, but we realize this is not the same as having washrooms that are actually gender-neutral.

For more accessibility information about the space, visit: http://genderadvocacy.org/accessibility/

Contract Duration: This is a one year contract with a 3-month probation period

Deadline for applications: July 31, 2017 at 5pm

Start date: August 21st, 2017

Salary: $19.27/hr for 25 hrs/week as well as 4 weeks of paid vacation and
 health benefits after the 3 month probation period.

This position is a job-share with the Action Coordinator (Programming Support) who will work 15hrs/week.

Key Responsibilities:

-Take a lead in planning and organizing the Centre’s programming, beginning with the city-wide March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women on October 4th. Other programming may include talks, workshops, event series, and public actions.
-Check-in on a regular basis with Action Coordinator (Programming Support) to ensure the smooth operation of the Centre’s programming
-Work closely with the Outreach Coordinator, volunteers and other staff to ensure that events are well promoted
-Attend all campaigns meetings and facilitate volunteer involvement. Promote forward motion within each campaign
-Coordinate volunteers to help with logistical tasks
-Organize volunteer appreciation events

Required skills and qualities:

-Able to work well both independently and collaboratively in a non-hierarchical, feminist, anti-racist environment.
-Experience with community organizing, especially relating to feminism, anti-racism and Indigenous solidarity.
-Experience with managing and working within a budget
-General computer skills and familiarity with various social media platforms.
-Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills
-Media experience
-Public speaking experience
-Self-motivated, resourceful, and organized with excellent time management skills
-Able to thrive in a fast-paced environment
-Highly organized
-An active sense of humour!

Assets:

-Familiarity with the Centre for Gender Advocacy and its priorities, principles, and activities
-Familiarity with Concordia University (including groups, people, and locations)
-Spoken and written French
-Flexibility with hours
-Ability to multi-task
-A creative mind

Read the full job description here.

*Please send a cover letter and CV, along with two references (names and contact info will do) with “Action Coordinator Application” in the subject line to: hiring@genderadvocacy.org by July 31, 2017. Cover letters can be addressed to the Hiring Committee. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will take place the second week of August.

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

Justice for girls and young women killed in the “Hogar Seguro” Tragedy in Guatemala

On March 18th, the Centre for Gender Advocacy sponsored a commemoration to honour and demand justice for 43 girls and young women who were killed in a fire in the “Hogar Seguro” Tragedy in Guatemala. Below is a video from the action (in Spanish, but there will soon be subtitles in English and French), as well as the solidarity statement written by participants.

[english below / français ci-dessous]

Montreal, Quebec

20 de Marzo de 2017

Encuentro 18 de Marzo en conmemoración de las niñas y adolescentes desaparecidas el 8 de Marzo, Día International de la Mujer, en Guatemala.

Aquí en la comunidad de Montreal estamos en solidaridad con las niñas y adolescentes asesinadas en el ¨Hogar Seguro¨ Virgen de la Asunción en Guatemala. Estamos de luto con ustedes, y también exigimos justicia de parte de las autoridades guatemaltecas, y la denuncia inmediata de la Comunidad Internacional.

El estado de Guatemala conocía la violencia a la que estaban siendo sometidas las niñas, a el abuso emocional y físico y sexual, conocían el horror en que vivían, y no hizo nada.

Las quemaron, y siguen sin hacer nada. Pero nosotrxs estamos acá, y no nos vamos a callar.

Nos unimos en una sola voz para denunciar a todo un sistema violento desde el albergue hasta el Estado represor, hasta los organismos internacionales: Que su silencio es complicidad.

Es importante recordar sus vidas que fueron arrebatadas muy pronto, en el día de la mujer ni mas ni menos, y recordar su vida es también recordar su lucha, su reinvindicación, y que este caso es uno entre muchos, y esta violencia y violación de los derechos humanos y específicamente a niñas y mujeres, es sintomática y continua. Nuestra lucha esta unida con la suya, y su justicia con la nuestra.

No es un caso aislado, y no podemos callarnos ni permitir que esta violencia siga impune.

Vivas nos queremos, libres nos queremos. En amor y rabia y solidaridad con ustedes y con todas.

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Montreal, Quebec

March 20, 2017

Commemoration on March 18 to demand justice for the girls and adolescents disappeared on March 8, International Women’s Day, in Guatemala.

In Montreal, we are in solidarity with the girls and adolescents killed in the Virgen de la Asunción “Safe House” in Guatemala. We are in mourning with you and demand justice from Guatemalan authorities. We also call on the international community to denounce this violence.

The Guatemalan state knew of the violence that the girls were being subjected to, including the emotional, physical and sexual abuse. The Guatemalan state knew the horror they were living and did nothing.

They were burned and the state continues to do nothing. But, we are here and we are not going to be silent.

We unite in one voice to denounce the whole violent system, from the shelter to the repressive state, to the international organizations whose silence is complicity.

It’s important to remember the lives that were taken too soon, on International Women’s Day no less. To remember their lives is also to remember their struggle, their assertion of their rights, and that this struggle is one among many. This violence and violation of human rights, specifically of girls and women, is a symptom and continues. Our struggle is united with yours and your justice with ours.

This is not an isolated case and we can’t be silent, nor allow impunity for this violence.

Vivas nos queremos, libres nos queremos. En amor y rabia y solidaridad con ustedes y con todas.

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Montréal, Quebec

21 mars 2017

Rencontre du 18 mars en commémoration des filles et adolescentes disparues le 8 mars, Journée internationale des femmes, au Guatemala.

Ici, la communauté de Montréal, nous sommes en solidarité avec les filles et adolescentes assassinées dans le « foyer sécuritaire » Virgen de la Asunción au Guatemala. Nous sommes en deuil avec vous et nous exigeons aussi justice de la part des autorités guatémaltèques, et la dénonciation immédiate de la communauté internationale.

L’État guatémaltèque connaissait la violence à laquelle les filles étaient soumises, l’abus émotionnel, physique et sexuel, il connaissait l’horreur dans lequel elles vivaient, et il n’a rien fait.

Ils les ont brûlées, et ils continuent à ne rien faire. Mais nous, nous sommes ici, et nous n’allons pas nous taire.

Nous nous unissons en une seule voix pour dénoncer tout un système de violence depuis le centre d’hébergement jusqu’à l’État oppresseur, en passant par les organisations internationales : votre silence est de la complicité.

C’est important de rappeler leurs vies emportées trop tôt, pendant la journée de la femme particulièrement. Se rappeler leurs vies est aussi se rappeler leurs luttes, leurs revendications, et que ce cas est un parmi tant d’autres, cette violence et cette violation des droits humains, particulièrement des femmes et des filles, est systématique et continue. Notre lutte est unie à la vôtre, et votre justice à la nôtre.

Ce n’est pas un cas isolé et nous ne pouvons pas nous taire ni permettre que celle violence reste impunie.

Vivas nos queremos, libres nos queremos. En amor y rabia y solidaridad con ustedes y con todas.