“There is No Honour in Violence: Meeting the Needs of “Honour” Related Violence and Forced Marriage Survivors Online Course

 

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“There is No Honour in Violence: Meeting the Needs of “Honour” Related Violence and Forced Marriage Survivors in the Canadian Context Online Course 

Online Web Based Training – 6 weeks online format with certificate upon completion

  • Instructor: Mandeep Kaur Mucina, MSW, PhD Candidate
  • Dates: May 29thth – July 3rd 2014.
  • Live class time: Thursdays from 10-12pm
  • Open to: Ontario service providers, one learner per organization
  • Cost: FREE, course spots are limited.

The course is an opportunity to mobilize a regional response to family violence faced by young women in Canada. To register for the course please contact Farrah Khan, Outburst! Coordinator at 416-323-9149 ext. 243 f.khan@schliferclinic.com. Registration is due by May 23rd.

Course Description

“There is No Honour In Violence”: Supporting Survivors of “Honour” Related Violence and Forced Marriage” is conducted in collaboration with the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic (the Clinic) and The South Asian Legal Clinic (SALCO). The training is focused on increasing the safety of young women at risk or experiencing forced marriage and “honour” related violence. This training initiative, which is survivor informed, focuses on strategies for effective intervention and support for young women at risk.

“Honour” related violence and forced marriage and their intersection with consent and sexual violence is the central focus of this course. Over 6 weeks we will engage learners on this topic through an online forum, with various teaching and learning tools embedded in the format and delivery.  This course is intended for front line practitioners to gain skills and knowledge in working with young diverse women who are fleeing or are currently living in a family violence situation that stems from “honour” (i.e. forced marriages, excommunication and/or physical violence). Furthermore, in this course we place these specific forms of violence in the broad spectrum of gender based violence against women. We will encourage learners to challenge current assumptions and stereotypes about forced marriage and “honour” related violence.

Course Topics & Dates:

  •  Module 1 May 29th:  What is “honour” related violence, forced marriage and what role does consent play in each. What is the intersection of both with sexual violence?
  •  Module 2 June 5th: What are the impacts of “honour” related violence and forced marriage on young racialized women in Canada?
  •  Module 3 June 12th: What are the legal implications for “honour” related violence and forced marriages and how does this impact my practice?
  •  Module 4 June 19th: How do I build on my skills as a reflective practitioner so I am better equipped to support young women who are at risk of violence through forced marriage and/or “honour” related violence?
  •  Module 5 June 26th: What are the current and most effective interventions and practices for supporting young women fleeing a situation of “honour” related violence or a forced marriage including risk assessment and safety planning?
  •  Module 6 July 3rd: How do we work across disciplines to collaborate, create awareness around “honour” related violence and forced marriages.

Course Learning Objectives

  1.  To gain an in-depth understanding of “honour” related violence and forced marriage.
  2. To advance users core engagement skills to deal with short term counseling and conducting assessments of young women fleeing violence, as well as long term counseling to cope with the trauma of “honour” related violence and forced marriage.
  3. To incorporate self-care skills in order to maintain learners longevity in the field.
  4. Encourage learners to see their work along a continuum of social change and engagement with survivors of “honour” related violence and forced marriages.
  5. To gain concrete skills in safety planning, screening, disclosures, and referrals.
  6. To explore methods within their organizations to respond to “honour” related violence and to commit to engaging in issues of patriarchy and gender based violence in their current structures.

Course Instructor Biography

Mandeep Kaur Mucina, MSW, PhD Candidate. Mandeep has been active in the South Asian community for over 10 years as a community based educator as well as providing therapeutic support to South Asian communities around issues of violence against women and family violence. Mandeep uses her extensive experience in the field of social work in her teaching and facilitation and has over 3 years of experience as an instructor in various universities in Toronto, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Mandeep’s PhD research focuses on second-generation South Asian women and their experiences of “honour” related violence, particularly exploring how second-generation South Asian women in Canada negotiate izzat or “honour” and their experiences of family violence that emerges from izzat or “honour”. Mandeep is currently working towards a PhD in the Adult Education and Community Development program at OISE and finished a Master’s degree in Social Work, from the University of Toronto.

Guest Lecturers Biography

Charlene B. is a counsellor at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. She identifies her roots as deeply entrenched in Ghana, West Africa. Charlene has extensive knowledge and experience working with survivors of forced marriage, female genital mutilation. She is passionate about decolonization; demystifying violence against women and walking in solidarity with others working towards social justice and social change.

Farrah Khan is a counselor, educator and artist that has spent the last 15 years working diligently to raise awareness of gender-based violence including forced marriage and “honour” related violence. Farrah holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and supports women who are survivors of violence as a counselor/advocate at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.  At the Clinic Farrah is the coordinator of the award-winning Outburst! Young Muslim Women’s Project.

Deepa Mattoo is an Acting Executive Director/ taff Lawyer with South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO). She has her Masters in Business specializing in corporate social responsibility from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. She has over 14 years of experience in providing legal services, public education, advocacy and not-for-profit governance. Deepa has been involved with various issues related to domestic violence globally and has been a leading voice on the issue of forced marriages in Canada.

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic (the Clinic) provides legal representation, professional counselling and multilingual interpretation to 5000 women each year.  Outburst! Young Muslim Women Program is an award winning program of the Barbra Schlifer Clinic for Muslim women in Toronto who are breaking silence and speaking out about violence. As young Muslim women we want to determine the ways in which we define and access safety. Outburst is an opportunity for us to build community through leadership, art, education and research. 

The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) is a not-for-profit legal aid clinic that was first established in 1999. In September 2007 SALCO was given permanent legal clinic status by Legal Aid Ontario. SALCO’s mandate is to provide access to justice for low-income South Asians in the Greater Toronto area.  SALCO has been a leader on the issue of Forced Marriages in Canada and has been leading Network of Agencies Against Forced Marriages in Ontario.

Outburst! Young Muslim Women’s Program workshops series is graciously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and The Ontario Women’s Directorate

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Storytellers Poetry Workshop Series in Lawrence Heights in Collaboration with the The Renaissance Project

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Storytellers is a four part workshop series in Lawrence Heights for young Muslim women. Come, chill and focus on sharing your voice through poetry. In our weekly gatherings we will use our pens to explore the theme of “self-love” with the intent of publishing work(s) in the Homebound Young Muslim Women Poetry Anthology 2014. We strive to make this is a safer space for everyone to locate their creative voice and be heard. It is one of four workshop series happening across the city for young Muslim women with project partners Outburst! SpeakSudan, Gashanti Unity, Youth Renaissance and Shine.

WAIT! There’s more, each member of the group will also have an opportunity to be a part of a poetry retreat AND be published in a city wide poetry book by young Muslimah poets. Have your voice heard!

Who: The workshops are open to anyone (16 – 29) who self-identifies as a Muslim woman through the spectrum of familial, spiritual, political, cultural, ancestral connections.

Location: 700 Lawrence Ave. West, Suite 226
Lawrence Square Mall (Lawrence Ave. West at Allen Rd.)

Workshop Dates include:

Saturdays 1 to 4 pm
January 11
January 18th
January 25th
February 1st.

Space is limited so please rsvp immediately. For those who are younger and are eager to participate please contact me directly.

Participants have access to
– TTC tokens
– Childcare (upon 48 request)
– Language Interpreters (including ASL) available
– Opportunity to be published
– Mentorship from establish Muslim women poets & writers

Pre-registration is required please contact us to register 416-323-9149 ext 268 or outburst@schliferclinic.com

About the Arts Educator: Nehal is a writer, social researcher and cultural producer living. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, Nehal has lived in the United Kingdom, the Sultanate of Oman and Canada. Her poetry can be found most recently in “The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry” and the forthcoming “Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space and Resistance”.

Funding for Storytellers: Poetry Workshops for Young Muslim Women is provided by ArtReach Toronto, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Trillium Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation

The Renaissance Project is a youth-led organization based in Toronto, Ontario, which inspires, motivates, and empowers young people to become change makers within their communities. Our initiative is to use the power of media and creativity as a means to engage youth to explore different strategies to allow them to have a valuable impact on their future.

Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project is a movement of young Muslim women in Toronto who are breaking silence and speaking out about violence. As young Muslim women we want to determine the ways in which we define and access safety. Outburst!, a program of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, is an opportunity for us to build community through art, education and research. Tumblr: http://outburstm.tumblr.com/

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Photography Workshop Series for Young Muslim Women

Come to explore the theme of self-love through photography-based creative exploration. Truth & Dare is a FREE workshop series for young Muslim women interested in photography facilitated by arts educator Zahra Agjee. Build your photography skills, make art, tell your stories and learn about amazing Muslim women artists. No previous experience needed!

Workshop dates are:
Feb 1 – 1:00 – 4:00
Feb 8 – 1:00 – 4:00
Feb 15 – 1:00 – 4:00
Feb 22 – 1:00 – 4:00
March 1 – 1:00 – 4:00
March 8 – 1:00 – 4:00

The workshops are open to anyone (16 – 29) who self-identifies as a Muslim woman through the spectrum of familial, spiritual, political, cultural, ancestral connections.

Participants have access to

  • TTC tokens
  • Childcare (upon 48 request)
  • Language Interpreters (including ASL) available (two weeks prior to workshop date)
  • Opportunity for your art to be showcased in a moving art gallery show across the GTA alongside other Muslim women artists in the city.

Spots are limited. Pre-registration is required please contact us to register 416-323-9149 ext 268 or outburst@schliferclinic.com. ***Please let us know if you have access to a digital camera when calling or emailing to register***

This photography workshop series for young Muslim Women is one of several workshop series by The Truth & Dare Project in partnership with Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project.

About the arts educator – Zahra Agjee is a freelance photographer and graphic artist who practices and resides in Toronto. Her work deals with issues of identity, representation, and the self. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a Minor in Graphic Design.

The Truth and Dare Project are photography based art-making workshops for young Muslim women. The workshops provide an opportunity to explore identity, strengthen self-confidence and create a sense of belonging.

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Outburst! is a movement of young Muslim women in Toronto who are breaking silence and speaking out about violence. As young Muslim women we want to determine the ways in which we define and access safety. Outburst!, a project of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, is an opportunity for us to build community through art, education and research.

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Funding for Outburst! Young Muslim Women and Truth & Dare Project provided by ArtReach Toronto, Canadian Women’s Foundation and Trillium Foundation.

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