The Philippine Women Centre of Ontario (PWC-ON) and Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance at York (FCYA/UKPC-York) are inviting everyone to the York University campus during the month of March for a critical discussion series that will tackle a multitude of women’s issues from reproductive justice, domestic work, sex trafficking and prostitution, and women’s history of resistance. The first event, titled “Inside the Home, Outside the Home: Where Have All the Women Gone?”, will take place on International Women’s Day, March 8 at York University, Student Centre, Room 313 at 6:30PM.
As progressive organizers and activists, we recognize the need to educate our community and lobby against discriminatory, often anti-human, outdated policies of the Canadian government. However, as women, we also gather to build our collective experiences, resistance and strength to empower and become empowered in asserting our body autonomy, equal rights, and our own vision of genuine liberation.
The first discussion of the series will challenge the notion that domestic roles in Canada can continue to be filled by women of colour from the Global South, specifically Filipino women. PWC-ON will present a history of resistance of over 25 years campaigning to challenge the existence of Canada’s racist and anti-woman, Caregiver Program and the need to implement national childcare. It will also bring into context the important question of social reproduction and invites all to join this discussion and sharing of women’s role in changing social relations in the home and in the broader society.
Through political discussion, discourse, and a reaffirmation of our solidarity with women across communities, this series aims to uphold working class women of colour’s analysis and historic role as leaders of social change.
We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Following discussions will be held on March 23 and 30. Details to be announced.
Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
Inside the Home, Outside the Home: Where Have all the Women Gone?
Presentations from the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario including a discussion on social reproduction and PWC’s campaign against domestic servitude in Canada
Location: Rm. 313, Student Centre, York University
Date: March 8, 2016
For more info, contact:
FCYA/UKPC at York University
Jewelle Diaz (President)
Kyle Veyra (Secretary General)
Office: Rm. 314, Student Centre