2017 Provincial Training Day: Leaving No One Behind- Expanding Our Reach In Gender-Based Violence Approaches

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2017 Provincial Training Day

Leaving No One Behind - Expanding Our Reach in Gender-Based Violence Approaches 

Wednesday March 22nd, 2017


We're excited to present our 2017 Provincial Training Day on Wednesday March 22nd, 2017! Join us and be a part of our learning community as we engage and collaborate, and  develop skills to address gender-based violence in our communities. Stay tuned to this page for updates on workshops, panelists, and events for our Provincial Training Day: Leaving No One Behind - Expanding Our Reach in Gender-Based Violence Approaches.

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Price: $75.00 

Innovative Approaches To Addressing Gender-Based Violence: Panel


Organization: Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)

OCASI was formed in 1978 to act as a collective voice for immigrant serving agencies and to coordinate responses to share needs and concerns. OCASI is a registered charity governed by a volunteer board of directors. Its membership is comprised of more than 200 community-based organizations in the province of Ontario

  • Panelist: Krittika Ghosh
  • Project: Reflections on the development of "Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women's Resilience"

Organization: Centre Passerelle pour femmes du nord de l'Ontario

Centre Passerelle pour femmes du nord de l’Ontario (CPF) is an agency which offers support to women whose lives have been impacted by various forms of violence, including sexual assault and domestic violence. Since their inception in 2005, they have been offering French language services within the Cochrane District to women aged 16 years and older through their various programs. Services include a Residential Program, Community Outreach Program, Transitional Housing and Support Program, as well as a Sexual Assault Program.

  • Panelist: Michelle Mailloux
  • Project: Rompre l'isolement des femmes aînées francophones (Breaking the Isolation of Francophone Senior Women)

Organization: Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Program-Ottawa Hospital

  • Panelist: Tara Leach
  • Project: Addressing Gender-Based Violence Without The Gender Binary in Healthcare Setting

Organization: The Dandelion Initiative

The Dandelion Initiative, formally known as the sexual assault action coalition, is a collective created by survivors of sexual assault and violence for survivors of sexual assault and violence. We are rooted in feminist, intersectional anti-oppressive frameworks. We will advocate alongside survivors, creating a strong and united voice against rape culture and complacency. We intend to create educational opportunities through publications and training, an ongoing collaborative opportunity with community partners and members.

  • Panelist: Viktoria Belle 
  • Project: The Dandelion Project

Organization: Sexual Assault Centre & Women's Community House

Women's Community House has been providing emergency shelter to women and children for 39 years. Women's Community House currently operates two shelters with a total of 67 beds and a Second Stage apartment with 25 units. Women's Community House also provide helpline services, outreach services, a family court support worker program, deliver the child witness program and operate a counselling and support centre. Additionally, they opened a retail store 5 years ago to help support children’s services. In November of this year, Women's Community House unified with their local sexual assault centre with a view to improving services for the people Women's Community House serve by combining helplines, increasing public education offerings as well as research capacity, and making sure every door of their four sites is the right door for those who need them.

  • Panelist: Kate Wiggins
  • Project: Disruptive Innovation: Accountability In Two Voices

Survivor-Centred Approaches: Presentations

Presentation: Responding to Human Trafficking with a Harm Reduction Survivor Centred Approach

Organization: Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network in Canada)

  • Presenter: Elene Lam, (LLB, LLM, BSW, MSW)

Presentation: When Trafficking Starts at Home

Organization: South Asian Women’s Centre

The South Asian Women’s Centre is a voluntary non-profit women’s organization run by, and for South Asian Women. Their purpose is to increase self awareness of South Asian Women and to empower women to develop their social and 
cultural potential. The Centre is a place where South Asian Women of all backgrounds and ages can access a variety of programs and services. South Asian Women's Centre strives to provide an environment where women can work
together to promote their well-being.Their primary focus is to increase women’s awareness of themselves and assist them to develop their full potential by increasing their economic, social, and political standing in society.

  • Presenter:  Marmitha Yogarajah
  • Presentation: Forced Marriage is Human Trafficking


Access & Equity:

Workshop on Supporting Trans Survivors of Violence: Moving Trans-Inclusive Theory into Action: Practical Skills for Supporting Trans Survivors

Presented By:   FORGE_Logo_Black-orange

FORGE is a transgender anti-violence organization from the United States, founded in 1994. Since 2009, FORGE has been federally funded to provide direct services to transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary survivors of sexual assault. Since 2011, FORGE has served as the only transgender-focused organization federally funded to provide training and technical assistance to providers around the country who work with transgender survivors of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. Their role as a technical assistance provider has allowed them to directly see key continued and emerging challenges many agencies are experiencing in serving sexual assault survivors of all genders.

FORGE's work is rooted in two foundational principles: Being trauma-informed and empowerment-focused in all the work they do both with survivors and with victim service professionals. FORGE is also guided by research and evidence-based strategies, but are highly aware that when working with marginalized populations sometimes the most successful solutions are charting new territory and creating new best practices.

FORGE has a long history of crafting dynamic in-person, remote-access, and print-based training materials in ways that are highly accessible to many types of victim service providers, as well as many learning levels and styles.

Facilitator(s): michael munson

michael munson is the co-founder and Executive Director of FORGE, an organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge. FORGE is a national training and technical assistance provider funded through the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women and the Office for Victims of Crime. munson's educational background is in psychology, with an emphasis on trauma-informed care and non-traditional healing modalities. His work on violence against transgender and gender non-non-binary individuals stresses the intersectionality between complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs that can both spur violence, as well as catalyze healing for individuals and communities. He is passionate about engaging professionals to embrace these complexities and learn key skills to better serve their clients/constituents.