We’re excited to present a variety of workshops at our Symposium. Scheduling of concurrent workshops will be clarified soon.

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Understanding Sex Work and Sex Workers' Needs

"Understanding Sex Work and Sex Workers' Needs" addresses the gaps in awareness, knowledge and skills for feminists, scholars and community members on sex work and sex workers' basic human rights. The workshop examines a history of sex worker stigma including myths and misconceptions, understanding discrimination and violence against sex workers, cautions around mainstream anti-human trafficking efforts that are harming sex workers, and laws around the sex trade. In this workshop SHOP unpacks individual and societal beliefs historically and currently, moving beyond simplistic and inaccurate gender binaries and dichotomies, towards understanding how policy and practice impact sex workers' access to services, and their place in the feminist movement.


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Dismantling Rape Culture - Better Supporting Survivors of Gender Based and Sexualized violence

This workshop will look specifically at gender based and sexualized violence. Its impacts and how it gets normalized in all parts of society. Gender norms, trauma, the legal system, movements such as #metoo, #timesup and survivor led movements more broadly will be explored.


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Refugee Women and Girls, and Canadian Sponsorship

The United Nations refers ‘women and girls at risk’ for resettlement to countries such as Canada. However, less than 5% of the 22.5 million refugees globally find resettlement.
Our workshop, ‘Refugee Women and Girls, and Canadian Sponsorship’, will examine the issues and impacts of forced migration on women and girls. Participants will learn about refugee issues globally, as well as hear first-hand stories from a woman who arrived in Newfoundland as a refugee.
Through partnership and collaboration, the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program has resettled more than 300,000 refugees to Canada. We will share an overview of the sponsorship process, demonstrating how a global issue of forced migration finds a local response through community action.


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