March 21, 2016

The Philippine Women Centre of Ontario (PWC-ON) and the Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance (FCYA) at York University are gearing up once again in preparation for the next event, which will be a continuation of the month-long critical political discussion series “Where Have All the Women Gone?” to celebrate International Women’s Month this year. After the successful first event, titled “Inside the Home, Outside the Home: Where Have All the Women Gone?” held on International Women’s Day, PWC-ON and FCYA-York invite everyone to stay critically engaged and to partake once more for the upcoming critical discussions centering on the issues of sex trafficking and prostitution, as well as reproductive justice. The discussions are set to take place on March 23rd and March 30th respectively at York University at South Ross building, Room 174.  

In this age of intense implementation of neoliberal globalisation through austerity measures, it is working class women of colour who are the ones most adversely affected. As progressive organisers and activists, we see it as an imperative that the experiences and narratives of the marginalised are put at the center of the discourse. Through this critical political discussion series, PWC-ON aims to uphold and advance the analysis of working class women of colour and their historic role as leaders of social change.

The second discussion will tackle the topic of sex trafficking and prostitution with a film screening of a documentary entitled ‘Buying Sex’, directed by Teresa MacInnes and Kent Nason. This documentary shows the 2013 debate over the pending reforms to prostitution laws in Canada, it also presents a number of the dominant narratives in the conversation about prostitution in the country, and will serve as a starting point for our discussion.

The critical political discussion series will end off with a much needed dialogue about reproductive justice and what it means, particularly for Black and Filipino communities in Canada and beyond. Recognizing that our communities are most affected by anti-woman policies, presentations from Jerrylyn Guevarra and Charlene Stuart-Grant will offer a cross-cultural and intersectional analysis of current medical systems and the critical role women of colour have in defining what reproductive rights and justice looks like for our communities. This discussion also intends to connect the struggles of women across communities, borders, and nations.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Where Have all the Women Gone?

Discussion Series for International Women’s Month

Discussion #2: On Prostitution and Sex Trafficking
Date: March 23, 2016
Time: 6:30PM
Location: Rm. 174, South Ross building, York University

Discussion #3: On Reproductive Justice
Date: March 30, 2016
Time: 6:30PM
Location: Rm. 174, South Ross building, York University

For more info, contact:


FCYA/UKPC at York University
Jewelle Diaz (President)
Kyle Veyra (Secretary General)
Office: Rm. 314, Student Centre