WOMEN IN POST SECONDARY EDUCATION |
Quite honoured to be nominated as a 2017 YWCA Woman of Distinction in Education, Training and Development.
Lindagene Coyle is passionate about improving access to education and employment for women and minorities. She is a founding member of Women in Post-Secondary Education in British Columbia, an organization which continues to support and promote women's leadership in post-secondary institutions. She also developed and delivered Kwantlen University's Employment and Educational Access for Women program, which supports women to enter non-traditional occupations. Always a driving force for change, Lindagene encourages people to treat barriers as opportunities. She is District Governor-Elect of District 5050 at Rotary International, and Vice President Emerita at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Lindagene continues to serve communities as an educator and trainer, specializing in anti-sexism, anti-racism and workplace equality.
December 6 marks the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, when 14 women students were killed at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal simply because they were women. This day of remembrance also reminds us that violence against women continues in Canada and around the world. Countless women have been and are currently victims of gender-based violence; it's a global issue
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT GENDERED VIOLENCE
Perhaps nowhere else does the need for social justice, for gender equity, in Canada become more clear than in the area of violence, particularly sexual violence. According to Maire Sinha, in Measuring violence against women: Statistical trends, a 2013 report from the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics,
Violence against women in Canada is a serious, pervasive problem that crosses every social boundary and affects communities across the country. It remains a significant barrier to women's equality and has devastating impacts on the lives of women, children, families and Canadian society as a whole. (http://www.statcan. gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2013001/article/11766-eng.pdf)
Violence against women is real and everywhere around us, from the walkways and parking lots of UBC to the streets of Greater Vancouver and to many of our own homes. According to Sinha,
Women were eleven times more likely than men to be a victim of sexual offences and
three times as likely to be the victim of criminal harassment (stalking).
Overall, men were responsible for 83% of police-reported violence committed against women. Most commonly, the accused was the woman's intimate partner (includes both spousal and dating) (45%), followed by acquaintances or friends (27%), strangers (16%) and non-spousal family members (12%). (http://www.statcan. gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2013001/article/11766-eng.pdf)
POSITIVE ACTION IN OUR CLASSROOMS
These are horrendous statistics. They spell out a systemic problem: gender based violence almost certainly caused, at least in part, by gender based conditioning. This week leading up
to December 6th affords an excellent opportunity for faculty to use resources from the library and elsewhere in classrooms to encourage students to look at gender based violence and become more aware of the statistics and causes surrounding it.
KFA Status of Women
- One film to consider using in your classroom is Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity by Jonathan Katz. In it, Katz examines the definition of masculinity as a social construct of media which emphasizes a male role of being tough, muscular, and intimidating. The film is in our library but is also available at http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/tough-guise/, and there are also short but pertinent clips on YouTube.
- There are also many other resources available to you in our libraries or online that can be used in the classroom to encourage discussion and to inform. We urge you to access and use them.