As an organization that is committed to building a safe Ontario free of gender-based violence for all, we are concerned about the announcement by the Ministry of Education to repeal Ontario’s Health and Physical Education curriculum in the upcoming school year. The previous Ontario government’s 2015 action plan to combat sexual violence and harassment included updating the Health and Physical Education curriculum to help students from grade 1-12 understand root causes of gender inequality, and healthy relationships and consent. It is important that students are taught a comprehensive education on consent, healthy relationships, mental health and online safety to ensure that young people are equipped with the knowledge to make safe and healthy choices.
As a general member of Women Abuse Council of Toronto, we have signed onto this letter which has been submitted to the Ministry of Education to express our concerns along with other organizations locally, provincially and nationally to emphasize the need for education, resources and tools on sexual violence prevention and harassment in every community, classroom, and workplace.
The METRAC Team
New and Updated Articles on Ontario Women's Justice Network (OWJN)
We have three new resources that provide legal information about how to deal with sexual violence on a post-secondary campus in Ontario:
Project Heartwork: Mult-Arts and Wellbeing Series for Muslimah Change-Makers
Project Heartwork is a unique multi-disciplinary arts-based retreat series for young Muslimah change-makers running Saturdays 1-4pm from April through September 2018. The series will explore community organizing and self-care through creative writing, spoken word poetry & theatre, mixed media arts, and qigong & meditation, building capacity for personal growth and sustainable change.
The three-part series includes:
A multi-disciplinary retreat series for creative change-makers to build their resiliency toolkit for self and community care strategies that support sustainable community building
A weekend intensive workshop occurring August 18-19 to develop passion projects, spoken through artistic expression
A showcase of works created throughout the series inspiring creative positive change through the theme Healing our Whole Selves, By Minding our Hearts
The series will occur Saturdays between 1-4pm on the following dates:
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 8, 15, 22, 29, 30
(PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A DROP-IN SERIES)
Deadline to register is August 4, 2018. You can register here.
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