Slut”Walk” 2014

This year’s event will be less a “walk” and more a gathering to discuss ideas, create some action items and generate some positive discussion.
We are looking to recruit new volunteers and create some positive events and actions to generate change.

What might this look like?
Maybe another GenderFest panel like we did this past February.
Maybe a feminist book club.
Maybe another zine.
Maybe a delegation to Legislature. 

We are hoping to host multiple smaller events throughout the year to accommodate a number of demographics and priorities.

Endless possibilities and we are looking for YOU – your voice, time and energy!

The event will be held at Vimy Ridge Park at 1:00 on Saturday, September 6.

Hope to see you there! Share this with your friends!
RSVP to the facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/702910303109171/?ref=22

SlutWalk Winnipeg GenderFest Panel – February 8, 2014

The SlutWalk Winnipeg organizing team would like to invite you to a panel discussion for GenderFest 2014.    The panel will take place at the Millennium Library, in the Buchwald room, on February 8th, 2014, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

The topic of the panel is: “Gendered Voices in Feminist Activism: Who has the right to speak?” and will touch on questions and topics such as:

How do you feel your gender identity does or has played a role or impacted your activism? Many people feel that since men are predominantly engaging in acts of violence against women, that the “what about the men” argument in this movement is less important. (i.e. Men are also victims of sexual assault and should also be considered) How would you respond to that assertion? How do queer and non-cis-gendered individuals fit into that consideration?

Since the organizers and panelists recognize that feminism, activism, and gender do not happen in a vacuum, we hope to lead discussion into areas that intersect with these topics, such as race, class, ability, and education.

GenderFest events are being held during the weeks of January 31 – February 16; featuring a variety of panels and workshops highlighting emerging gender and sexuality dialogues within our community. The goal of the initiative is promote and celebrate queer and gender-variant identities, while also empowering local organizations, and individuals to celebrate their own uniqueness. 

We have a diverse group of panelists with whom we are excited to engage in open and respectful dialogue:

Lisa Parker:  She has been a grassroots activist for many years. She has worked with families affected by violence. She co-foundered the Woman’s Memorial March of Manitoba in 2008, which originated in Vancouver, BC, and Standing Up For Women in 2012 in the US. She has participated in many traditional ceremonies.

Jazmin Pop: Jazmin is an androgynous queer feminist, activist, clown, student, and peace enthusiast borne of Winnipeg. S/he loves compassionate discussion, community, playfulness, and cookies.

Trish Salah: Born in Halifax, Trish Salah is a writer, activist and assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg, where she is organizing a conference on the emergence of Transgender Literatures and Criticism for May 2014. Her recent writing appears online at The Feminist Wire, and in the anthologies, Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. She has two books, Wanting in Arabic (TSAR 2002), which last year was re-issued in a new edition, and a new poetry collection, Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1, due out with Roof Books this March.

Gaz Black: Often confused for a fan of SOA, Gaz prefers Tolkien (movie) dwarves but he’ll settle for Spartacus or Vikings. Gaz has done movie and television work, got to know some of the most awesome people you could ever meet, witnessed his children turn into spectacular young adults, and he even ran away with the circus for a week. Gaz also instructs and writes about counter-violence & victim-blaming for TheBestDefenseProgram.com. All in all, he’s an average guy with a not-so-average moustache and a goal to help you live longer and better so you can discover the cure for cancer, AIDS, or hate. Or positively influence the person who does. But no pressure.

Check out our event page on facebook and let us know you’re going to be there!

SlutWalk Winnipeg News Release

SlutWalk Winnipeg: September 7, 2013 – an International Day of Action

The SlutWalk Winnipeg organizing team is pleased to announce details for this year’s event on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM.

The 2013 SlutWalk will be comprised of a series of sharing circles and panel-like discussions taking place at The Forks, Festival Park, in front of the Scotiabank stage.  The organizing team would like to invite the community, media, justice & medical systems, and all other interested participants to join them in dialogue about a number of topics & issues surrounding the SlutWalk initiative.

The discussions will include the following themes:

1. How can we, as individuals and as a group, tackle rape culture in our community?

2. All survivors are invited to share their own personal stories, and what SlutWalk means to them.

3. What steps are available to work with both the medical and justice systems, as well as the media to provide more robust support to survivors?

4. Should we, and how can we re-brand the “SlutWalk” name?

5. How can we work together with other important initiatives such as the Women’s Memorial March & Take Back the Night to combine resources and voices.

6. A Rape-Culture/Victim-Blaming 101 workshop discussing ‘How Men Can Make Spaces Safer and More Inviting For Women’ led by Gaz, a Counter-Violence Specialist (this and all sessions are open to everyone, irrespective of gender or identity).

With these valuable discussions, the organizing team is preparing for a panel discussion, to be hosted during the week of GenderFest. SlutWalk Winnipeg’s organizers strongly support the mandate of GenderFest as it works towards promoting and celebrating queer and gender-variant identities, while at the same time empowering local organizations, groups, and individuals to create and showcase their own uniqueness.

Background: The Winnipeg SlutWalk focuses on demonstrating the multiplicity of experiences and communities that this movement galvanizes – emphasizing the fact that there is no such thing as an “illegitimate” rape victim, all victims are real and deserve justice regardless of any choices they’ve made or lifestyles they lead. The first 2011 protest march inspired by comments made by Toronto Police officer Michael Sanguinetti has gone global. Since the first SlutWalk in Toronto the message has spread to include walks all around the world prompting this year’s “International Day of Action” where SlutWalks globally chose one single day to raise their voices in protest.

SlutWalk Winnipeg organizers encourage everyone to like the Facebook page, join the ongoing discussions, spread the word, and ultimately participate in the sharing circles. More information on event activities, speakers and further scheduling details will be updated on the Facebook page as they are confirmed. For questions or volunteer opportunities, contact: slutwalkwpg@hotmail.ca.

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slutwalk-Winnipeg

SlutWalk Website: http://slutwalkwinnipeg.wordpress.com/

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SlutWalk Winnipeg: September 7, 2013 – an International Day of Action

The SlutWalk Winnipeg organizing team is pleased to announce details for this year’s event on September 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM.

The 2013 SlutWalk will comprise of a series of sharing circles to take place at the Forks at Festival Park in front of the Scotiabank stage.  The organizing team would like to invite the community, media, justice and medical system and all other interested participants to join us in dialogue regarding a number of topics and issues surrounding the SlutWalk intiative.

 The sharing circles will include the following themes for discussion:

1. How can we, as individuals and as a group, tackle rape culture in our community?

2. All survivors are invited to share their own personal stories, and what SlutWalk means to them.

3. What steps are available to work with the medical and legal systems, as well as the media to provide more robust support to survivors?

4. Should we, and how can we re-brand the “SlutWalk” name?

5. How can we work together with other important initiatives such as the Women’s Memorial March & Take Back the Night to combine resources and voices.

With these valuable discussions, the organizing team is preparing for a panel discussion, to be hosted during the week of GenderFest. SlutWalk Winnipeg’s organizers strongly supports the mandate of GenderFest  as it works towards promoting and celebrating queer and gender-variant identities, while at the same time, empowering local organizations, groups, and individuals to create and showcase their own uniqueness.  

We welcome any feedback and are happy to answer any questions you may have. We have changed the format this year, this is not a walk followed by speakers, but rather an opportunity to engage in dialogue with the community. 

SlutWalk Zine!

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Hi!
It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us, but we’ve been hard at work promoting SlutWalk’s message in various ways – lately, via attendance at the Women’s Memorial March, and at last week’s Pride March!

More importantly, we’ve been putting together a SlutWalk Zine! We are so excited to introduce our first edition and look forward to putting out so many more!
Check it out here and let us know what you think!