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Welcome to WPSE

We're a non-profit, incorporated organization of women supporting women. We work together to develop and maintain an accessible environment for personal growth and leadership.

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We advocate leadership that supports and promotes: inclusion, ethics, cooperation, collaboration, personal and professional growth, fairness and equity.

WOMEN IN POST SECONDARY EDUCATION

REMEMBERING MARGARET FULTON

September 8, 1922 - January 22, 2014

WPSE is greatly saddened by the passing of Dr. Margaret Fulton. She was a role model, inspiration and mentor to many.

Memorial service
Saturday February 8 at 2:30
United Church in Ganges

Friends and family can now take full advantage of features offered by ForeverMissed. There is no limit on number of pictures, songs or videos that can be added to the memorial.

Please follow this link to the memorial page: www.forevermissed.com/e-margaret-fulton

  

REMEMBER DECEMBER 6

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.

  • 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.
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