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!

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