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Migration and Fighting Violence Against Women: a teach-in for women and trans people

Mar/10/2009 - 7:00 pm

Migration and Fighting Violence Against Women
A teach-in for women and trans people

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
7 pm
Sistering, 962 Bloor St. W (major intersection: Ossington)
Child Care and light refreshments provided.

Speakers and Topics:

Angela Robertson, Executive Director of Sistering -
“The history of anti-racist feminist organizing”

Doreen Silversmith, member of Six Nations and No More Silence –
“The resistance of Indigenous women”

Pura Velasco
“The struggles of Live-In Caregivers”

Wendy Babcock, Bad Date Coalition and Safer Stroll –
“Sex workers and the victory at the Toronto Police Services Board”

Rashmee Singh
“The experiences of marginalized and racialized women when they
encounter the legal system”

Magaly San Martin – Shelter, Sanctuary, Status
“The fight for the rights of migrant women”

The Shelter, Sanctuary, Status Campaign presents a teach-in, which
brings together anti-racist feminists to share our struggles in
fighting Violence Against Women. We recognize that all women have
different experiences, but also recognize that poor and racialized
women face further oppression caused by state policies and the legacy
of colonialism. Policies in the legal and immigration system often
put women at risk of further violence.

Through the process of colonialism and imperialism, indigenous women
have been displaced from their own land, often forced to migrate to
cities away from their communities. The violence faced by indigenous
women is often met with indifference from the state or is the direct
result of the policies of the state.

Colonialism and imperialism have also displaced many women from the
global south. Often, they are forced to migrate and end up facing
dangerous and exploitative conditions here. The immigration system
puts women at risk of violence and we recognize that detention and
deportation are in themselves a form of state violence.

But anti-racist feminists are fighting back against the violence on
our communities. The evening will allow us to discuss how we can
organize against Canada’s role in contributing to violence against

Please email for more information.

The Shelter.Sanctuary.Status campaign is working towards access to
services and the provision of full legal immigration status for all
women and their families fleeing diverse forms of violence. We demand:

1. The immediate removal of all deportation orders and warrants
against all women and their families facing deportation.

2. Immigration enforcement and police not detain women by going into
or waiting outside of shelters, sexual assault centres, local women's
centres and other services that provide support to women fleeing

3. An immediate implementation of the Refugee Appeal Division as
promised in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

4. Implement a program so that temporary foreign workers are able to
gain permanent resident status on entry, particularly live in
caregivers, given the very vulnerable position of women.