Upcoming Events: BITCH Media Co-Founder & ‘Slut or Nut’ Doc Screening

Happy Monday everyone! It’s almost time for International Women’s Day, coming up this Thursday March 8th. If you’ll be in Windsor, here are two events that might be of interest:

Andi Zeisler, the co-founder of BITCH Media, will be giving a talk on campus in the Alumni Auditorium (CAW Centre, 2nd floor) from 5:30 – 8 pm. The event is hosted by the Womxn’s Centre, but it’s free and open to the public. Register and read more here.

Poster - Slut or Nut (for WATL) v4

The second event, hosted by Women and the Law, is a screening of the documentary Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial, followed by a discussion with activist and survivor Mandi Gray. Unfortunately, the screening is only open to UWindsor students with valid ID. It’s also happening at basically the same time as the first event (6-8pm), so if you’re a student there are tough decisions to be made!



Upcoming Event: “Equity in Canadian Parliament” lecture

As part of the 2017-2018 Martin Wesley lecture series, Dr. Cheryl Collier, the co-director of the Health Research Centre for the Study of Violence Against Women and professor of political science at the University of Windsor, will be giving a lecture on equity in Canadian parliament. Check it out if you’re on campus!

Upcoming Event: ‘A Better Man’ Film Screening

For those of you in Windsor, the Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee Windsor-Essex (VAWCCWE) is hosting a screening of A Better Man next week, followed by a Q&A. A Better Man is a Canadian doc by Attiya Khan and Lawrence Jackman. The film begins with Attiya as she meets with her former abuser after many years, and follows their journey to delve into the past. I had the opportunity to see this film with my mother at this year’s Hot Docs festival in Toronto. It’s very interesting. Definitely not a typical story in terms of her former abuser’s willingness to participate in the process so openly, but it’s inspiring. I won’t say too much more, but there’s a lot to discuss after watching the film. If you’re in Windsor, consider checking it out.

Thursday, October 26 from 7-9pm at Caboto Club.

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Donation accepted at the door to purchase and maintain personal safety alarms.

Event details/Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-better-man-screening-of-a-canadian-documentary-tickets-38356026909?utm_term=eventurl_text

Upcoming Events: Oct 4th Vigil, TBTN, & Conversations about Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Justice

This post is a brief one, but I wanted to pop in and share a couple upcoming events. The first event is actually coming up today, so it’s a bit last minute but it’s worth a mention:


And with a little more advanced notice, the Windsor-Essex Take Back the Night 2017 is happening this Saturday, September 30th from 6-9pm. There will also be a post-rally event with food and fun on Maiden Lane! Meet at the Windsor Aquatic Club (401 Pitt St W).

Finally, the 12th Annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil to honour missing and murdered aboriginal women. In Windsor, the vigil will be Wednesday October 4th from 6-7:30pm at Dieppe Gardens.


And for those in Toronto, the Native Women’s Resource Centre (191 Gerrard Street East) will be having their feast and vigil starting at 5pm on October 4th.

Event: Digital Dilemmas Colloquium

The University of Waterloo is hosting Digital Dilemmas Colloquium: Transforming gender identities and power relations in everyday life on August 5th -6th. Unfortunately this falls during the APA convention (super sad to be missing this), but for those of you who aren’t Denver-bound it looks like an awesome two days.

The three broad themes (digital dilemmas) of the discussions will be:

  • How do virtual voices influence issues at the intersection of gender and (in)justice?
  • How do innovative methodologies enable new insights into the social transformation of gender relations, digital cultures, and social justice?
  • How is digital technology shaping relationships between diverse citizens, communities and policy makers in the context of gender equity?

Conference webpage here: https://uwaterloo.ca/digital-dilemmas/

PS. If you do go, take copious notes – and I do mean a ridiculous amount of very detailed notes – and bring them back for the rest of us! Thanks! 🙂


Women’s Human Rights Education Institute 2016 Applications

From the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute:

Are you a women’s human rights defender?  Do you want to increase your understanding of women’s human rights, and learn how to use the UN Human Rights system and CEDAW, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, to support your activism?

Join other international activists, scholars, community workers, NGO representatives, lawyers and educators in learning about women’s human rights education and activism at the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute (WHRI), a collaboration between the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education/University of Toronto, and the Fundación Justicia y Género of Costa Rica.

Applications now open for the following 2016 programs:

International Women’s Human Rights Education Institute Intensive (August 8-19, 2016 Toronto)

Overview:  The WHRI focuses on understanding and utilizing the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and also looks more broadly at the herstory of the International Women’s Human Rights movement, human rights training and education, feminist frameworks of analysis, self-care and activist sustainability, and with a special focus on the intersections between CEDAW and Indigenous women’s rights, women and peacebuilding, and other issues of intersectional discrimination faced by women .

The program includes 3 weeks online learning pre-course (from your home), 2 weeks intensive in Toronto, and an online learning post-course and submission of post-institute plans.

Directed by Alda Facio, LLP and expert member of the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women, with Angela Lytle, MEd; Sujata Thapa, MA

Develop confidence in your understanding of women’s human rights mechanisms and visions, while learning from international participants and facilitators in the program!  For more information on this program visit http://learnwhr.org/programs/whri/

The “CEDAW for Change” Institute (June 20-25, 2016 Costa Rica)

This one week module held in English will focus on understanding and utilizing the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as a tool for activism, feminist analysis and awareness-raising on women’s human rights.

The program will be held on the beautiful campus of the UN University for Peace, in Ciudad Colon, close to the capital of San Jose.

Organizations:  WHRI – Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, University of Toronto; Fundación Justicia y Género Costa Rica; UN University for Peace; Just Associates (JASS).

Directed by Alda Facio, LLP and Martha Morgan, JD, with Angela Lytle, MEd

For more information on this program please visit:  http://learnwhr.org/programs/cedaw/

Additional Programs in 2016:

Training in Spanish

We will also be offering a Spanish-language “CEDAW for Change” in September in Costa Rica in collaboration with the Fundacion Justicia y Genero.  This training will be designed specifically for administrators of justice.  More details will be available soon on our website (www.learnwhr.org).


Upcoming Event: FRG Meet ‘n’ Greet!

FRG logo

The Feminist Research Group (FRG) is a multidisciplinary group of graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, and faculty at the University of Windsor who, for the past 15 years, have been committed to feminist and anti-oppressive works and research. The FRG seeks to develop and maintain a feminist community that welcomes, encourages, validates and challenges its members in an environment that promotes personal and professional networking.

If you are interested in learning more about FRG, please come out to our informal meet and greet, where we’ll be socializing and screening Tough Guise 2.

Wednesday, January 20th

6:00-9:00pm at Green Bean Café

Light snacks will be provided

Becoming involved in the FRG is an amazing opportunity to meet new people, discuss feminist issues, be exposed to new ideas, and develop professionally. If you have any questions about FRG, please feel free to contact us at frg@uwindsor.ca.

FRG 2016 Conference: Call for Papers/Posters

As promised, here’s the call for papers and posters for this year’s FRG conference at the University of Windsor on April 2nd, 2016. The conference is super fun and we usually get a diverse range of presenters from different disciplines. If you’re not ready to present this year, consider attending!


The annual University of Windsor Feminist Research Group (FRG) Conference is seeking proposals of graduate and undergraduate research. The conference is a one-day event held on the University of Windsor campus, open to all students, faculty, and community members.

FRG 2016 conference info

The theme of the 2016 conference is Intersectionality and Identity Politics. As in previous years, the theme of the 2016 conference is broad with emphasis on intersections and debates within feminism including works and research related to intersectionality more generally. Submissions are not limited to theses or dissertation work;works in progress, course term papers and other research-related pieces are encouraged from any discipline.

We are looking for a diverse array of presentations from undergraduate and graduate students that incorporate, either directly or indirectly, issues related to intersecting identities and systems of oppression.


Your submission for presentation might be: a research report, a case study, a methodological presentation, or a theoretical or conceptual paper. Presenters are encouraged to avoid academic jargon to ensure that their work is accessible to a diverse audience. This conference is open to community members beyond the academic institution.


Poster presentations are visual displays of a selected topic on poster boards. The researcher accompanies the poster for a set period of time providing them with an opportunity to engage in active discussion with other conference participants. While posters may not be a familiar style of presentation for all disciplines, it can be used effectively for many types of research and explorations. Presenter(s) are expected to be available near their poster during the poster session to discuss their work.


Exhibits are spaces for creative or artistic productions that do not conform to traditional methods of presentation. These forms of presentation may be live installations, musical compositions, or visual art and may also include a brief oral presentation. When you submit a proposal for an art or music presentation, please ensure that you specify the nature of your presentation, the room, space and equipment requirements along with other information that is relevant to the presentation of your work.


To make a submission for consideration, please provide the following information in our online submission form at http://fluidsurveys.uwindsor.ca/surveys/frg/frg-conference-2016/  no later than Friday, February 5th, 2016:

  • Name, discipline and program of study (Undergraduate, MA, or PhD)
  • Contact information (both email address and phone number)
  • Format (presentation, poster or exhibit)
  • Keyword (maximum of 4 keywords)
  • Abstract (maximum 500 words)

The abstract from authors whose submissions are accepted to the conference will be published in the proceedings of the 2016 Feminist Research Group Conference, along with some helpful keywords describing their work. Proceedings will be made available in Scholarship at UWindsor (http://scholar.uwindsor.ca) under a Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

We hope to see you in April!

Event: December 6th Vigil (Ecole Polytechnique Memorial Event)

If you’re in Toronto, the Women Won’t Forget collective will be hosting a vigil at 6pm at Philosophers Walk “to remember the women murdered by men, and to work for the eradication of all violence against women” (collective facebook page).

If you’re in Windsor, I’ve attached the poster for the vigil below. The Engineering Society and Women In Engineering will also be screening the film Polytechnique at 4pm in room 1101 in the CEI on Friday December 4th.

Dec 6th Flyer - With Logos - Fullsize - Nov 18th