Below is the 2016 press release for our conference: WAAR: Weekend of Action Against Rape Culture

For immediate release
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

TORONTO YOUTH CONFERENCE AIMS TO CHALLENGE RAPE CULTURE

The 2nd annual ‘This Means WAAR: Weekend of Action Against Rape Culture’ conference will bring together youth from across the GTA to discuss topics like consent, rape culture and anti-oppression

TORONTO, ON – On October 15 and October 16, 2016 the second annual This Means WAAR: Weekend of Action Against Rape Culture conference will take place at York University’s Student Centre (4700 Keele St., Toronto, ON). The two-day event aims to increase dialogue on cultural attitudes towards rape. The theme of this year’s event is: Men and Women as Allies.

The conference is presented by the Peer Consent Committee, a group of youth from the GTA who have gone through a summer-long training program on topics like consent, rape culture in the media and the intersectionality of sexual violence as it pertains to both people of colour and the LGBTQ community.

“For several weeks the Peer Consent Committee members have been participating in workshops and training to develop skills in anti-oppression, consent, advocacy and event planning. This conference is the culmination of everything they’ve learned thus far in the project,” says Monica Samuel, founder and program director of Black Women in Motion a Toronto-based grassroots organization that facilitated the program. Samuel also works full-time as Youth Services Coordinator at Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club.

“Consent is necessary in all sexual activity. Teaching people to acknowledge and respect other people’s personal boundaries can help create a society where no one feels ashamed to willingly engage in, or to reject, sexual activity,” says Samuel.

“Consent education is also important in building healthy and respectful relationships and preventing sexual violence. Learning about consent is vital to combatting rape culture and sexual violence, which is what this conference is all about—identifying systemic issues that contribute to the deep roots of rape culture,” she adds.

Confirmed guests include Carefree Black Boy Project, Jordyn Samuels of Journeys InEquity and Effy Min of Bad Subject. Online registration closes Tuesday, October 11 at 11:59pm.

For more information, please visit: www.blackwomeninmotion.ca/this-means-waar

WHAT:

‘This Means WAAR: Weekend of Action Against Rape Culture’ conference. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided. TTC reimbursement for youth, available upon request.

WHEN:

Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16
11am – 5pm (registration begins at 10:30am)

WHERE:

York University Student Centre
4700 Keele St., Toronto, ON

MEDIA CONTACT:

Monica Samuel
Program Director, Black Women in Motion
info@blackwomeninmotion.ca

About Black Women in Motion

Black Women In Motion (BWIM), is a grassroots, youth-led initiative that seeks to inspire and empower young women and girls, through programs and workshops, that support their intellectual, emotional and physical well-being. Our programs provide young women with the tools and supports needed to achieve their personal and professional goals and the skills to become role models, mentors and leaders in their communities.

About the Peer Consent Committee Project

Funded by the Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) and the Laidlaw Foundation and mentored by For Youth Initiative (FYI), this year marks the official launch of our Peer Consent Committee project which provides capacity-building, mentoring and leadership opportunities to youth, ages 15-24, from the Weston-Pelham park community, over a 6-month period. Training’s focus on sexual health, rape culture, consent, media literacy, anti-oppression, event planning and advocacy. Following the completion of the training curriculum, Peer Consent Committee members will work alongside BWIM staff to plan and deliver the annual This Means WAAR Conference.

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