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The pandemic has increased the rates of violence and harassment experienced by Asian communities globally. In Canada, the largest increase in individuals who have been victims of hate crimes have been of Chinese, Korean, and Southeast Asian descent. A report from Vancouver police found a 717 per cent increase in attacks on Asian communities from 2019 to 2020. Women’s Habitat is outraged and heartbroken by the horrific murder of eight people in Atlanta, Georgia last week including six Asian women. Our hearts ache for their friends and families.
This massacre is another example of how the historical objectification, fetishization and dehumanization of Asian women so often leads to violence. It is a reminder of the persistent attacks of racism and misogyny that all Asian women experience, and the pervasiveness of this racism. While these attacks took place in the United States, this is not an American problem. Canada has a long history of anti-Asian racism, most notably ‘the Chinese head tax’ or the Chinese Immigration Act of 1885, which aimed to discourage Chinese people from entering Canada after they built the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Women’s Habitat stands united with the Asian community. We denounce racism and misogyny in all its forms and we refuse to accept the excuses made for racist perpetrators while their victims’ families grieve. We will continue to show up and speak up against all forms of hatred today and every day.
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TORONTO, March 9, 2021 – Today, Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke announces its first-ever male facilitated virtual program ‘ReelReal Men’.
This program engages male-identified youth ages 14-18 in a conversation about gender and social norms that contribute to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and focuses on building healthy masculinity and relationships. The project aims to promote a safe space for youth to build a brotherhood, share their perspectives on manhood, build confidence and support the development of critical analysis. The project is set to start in April 2021 for 10 weeks to male-identified youth across the GTA.
Women’s Habitat believes that patriarchy is the root of GBV and recognizes violence against women and girls to be the most prevalent form of GBV. Half of all women in Canada have experienced a form of sexual or physical violence.
“We believe this conversation must take place within a problem-solving context, which must be an all-encompassing gender inclusive process. Gender based violence can only be addressed when we all work together, in solidarity.” shared Carla Neto, Community Programs Manager and creator of the project.
The RealReel Men program is set to be delivered virtually by co-facilitators Khalil Dorival and Kyle Rushton. Dorival is a Mental Wellness Coach, Author, Spiritual Leader, and has been awarded an “Invisible Hero” by Toronto Police Services & Child Care Services. “Being part of this program is the start of changing the narrative of what means to be a … Real Man!” says Dorival. Rushton is a Mindset and Personal Development Life Coach and says “being part of this program is important to me because I have personally experienced the negative effects of unhealthy masculinity. My hope is to support these young men in their development in an effort to cultivate a remarkable future for all of us.”
The project has been generously funded by the Modern Mystery School and The Hustler Young Men’s Bible Class Foundation. Both program sponsors have a long history of supporting Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke.
About Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke
Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke is a community-based feminist organization providing lifesaving support to women and their children who are survivors of violence. Founded in 1978, our emergency shelter provides counselling and safe refuge and our outreach centre, established in 2006, offers a suite of services including group and individual counselling, parenting support and housing assistance.
For more information please contact Sojie Tate, Communications and Human Resource Manager email@example.com 416-576-4447 or visit www.womens-habitat.ca
We are honoured to once again partner with so many Shoppers Drug Mart stores as part of their Growing Women’s Health campaign. From now to November 1, 2019 you can visit any of these stores and support us:
· College Square, 725 College Street
· Lake Shore & Park Lawn, 2206 Lake Shore Blvd West
· Royal York, 3010 Bloor St. West
· The East Mall, 600 The East Mall, Unit 1
· Humbertown Shopping Centre, 270 The Kingsway
· Sherway Gardens, 25 The West Mall, Unit # 1267
· Six Points Plaza, 5230 Dundas St. West
· The Queensway, 125 The Queensway
· Browns Line & Lake Shore, 3730 Lake Shore Blvd West, Unit 102
· Lake Shore & 4th, 2850 Lake Shore Blvd. West
· Bloor West Village, 2223 Bloor St. West
· Thorncrest Plaza, 1500 Islington Ave.
· Burnhamthorpe Mall, 666 Burnhamthorpe Rd.
Thank you to all our amazing Shoppers partners! We love you! #ShoppersLovesYou
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The campaign began 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect women’s advocates across the country. Starting in the United States, many Canadian women’s organizations have adopted the month as way to spread awareness.
At Women’s Habitat we often hear from friends and loved ones that they feel helpless and are unsure of the best ways to reach out and offer support to a survivor of violence. In recognition of the month, we want to offer our followers a few ways they can be there for their loved ones. Many of these points are from the Pixel Project as part of their 16 for 16 campaign featuring 16 articles about gender based violence.
One of the primary things a survivor of violence needs is for you to just sit and listen sincerely. Listen without judgment and let your friend know that both they and what they are going through is important.
Another primary thing a survivor needs is to be believed. Tell them directly: “I believe you.”
Ask how you can help
Sometimes we may feel like we know what to do in this situation or may want to immediately seek help for the survivor. We must remember that this is not about us and it is more useful to ask “Is there anything you need from me right now?”
Do not try and help or offer suggestions if they do not want any. Remember that survivors of violence have had their boundaries violated and need people to respect them.
Never put pressure on your friend to pursue options or react in a certain way. Give them the tools to decide how to move forward and don’t judge their decisions. Remember survivors stay and go back for various reasons, financial dependence, pressure from family or community, guilt, threats…
Let them know that there is professional help available. Women’s Habitat runs at 24/7 crisis line answered by trained counsellors. Give them the number (416-252-5829) and let them know there are a variety of supports available. Sometimes survivors think leaving and going to a shelter is the only option. At Women’s Habitat we offer counselling, drop in and group programming at our outreach centre. We can also connect her to culturally specific supports and supports closer to her home or work.
Do the research and learn about the issue. Become familiar with the cycle of violence, the signs of an abuser etc. The more you know the more you can support. You can find some great information on our resources page.
Ending the systemic issue of gender based violence means changing our patriarchal culture. It starts with all of us. Take the time to educate your community, family, and friends about how harmful misogynistic language is and how it perpetuates violence. Share the Rape Culture Pyramid, by the 11th Principle project, a great visual to explain how changing the outcomes of gender based violence starts with changing the culture.
Supporting a survivor can be overwhelming, frustrating and heartbreaking. It can feel like there is no hope and no justice. By getting involved you can become part of a bigger movement creating social change. There is power in numbers. Join the Women’s Habitat community and become a change maker!
Take care of yourself
Make sure you get the support you need to be a good ally to your loved one and to keep your own mental and emotional health in check. We cannot fill another’s glass from an empty jug.
The work of supporting and counselling women and children who have survived violence is emotional. It can effect one’s mental and physical health and can result in employees feeling burnt out, drained and stressed. Most employees in the sector report feeling fatigued by the overwhelming emotional response to the work.
At Women’s Habitat we are well aware of stresses which come from working within our organization. We acknowledge our stressful environment and the toll it takes on all of us. We want to do what we can to protect the health and wellness of our employees. After all, none of us can show up in our lives and do our best when we are sick, stressed or overwhelmed.
This is why we are so excited to embark on this new wellness journey together. Starting this September 7th, 2019 staff at the Women’s Habitat will receive resilience training provided by the Leadership Wellness Group.
The Resilient by Design program helps participants develop life skills and wellness habits proven to cultivate personal resilience, self-awareness and peak performance.
One of the main objectives of the program is to facilitate the adoption of daily practices in support of self-care and well-being.
Resilient by Design is a 10-week program offered on-line and via live workshops. In addition to the formal training sessions, each participant receives individual coaching.
We are honoured to be offered this unique and exciting opportunity thanks to Leadership
To learn more, contact Leadership Wellness
Please join us at our Outreach Centre on February 14th, 2019 between 10 am and 5pm to honor the contributions of Black people and celebrate African culture.
Abuse Can Happen to Anyone. We are here for her and her children every step of the way. This season, please give generously and help us keep our shelter doors open and our vital outreach services running. Together we can end violence in our communities and ensure home is safe for everyone.