This statement accountability in regards to At The Intersections: Intersectionality and Sexual Violence Conference organized by the SASC Ottawa, that is to be held on June 26th, 2017 and the end Holy Month of Ramadan & Celebration of Eid-al-fitr. At SASC Ottawa we strive to act in solidarity during the Holy Month of Ramadan with our collective members, staff and larger community. As an organization committed to anti-oppression and intersectional analysis of experiences. In our best efforts to organize this conference, there have been limitations which include time restrictions of using the funding received to organize this conference & the availability of rental space large enough to accommodate conference attendees/ accessibility needs. That has meant we have to maintain the date of June 26th, 2017. We would like to acknowledge and take accountability that this may have an impact on certain community members being able to attend the conference. As a committee we thought deeply about the impact this may have on individuals that would have otherwise attended, including systemic Islamophobia & privilege of non-Muslims. During the conference, we will have a dedicated space to honour the celebration of Eid-al-fitr with donations from the Muslim community and Non-Muslims community.
— At The Intersections Organizing Committee
When: June 26th, 2017
Where: City Hall Ottawa
At the Intersections will be a one-day conference consisting of panel discussions & workshops that will focus on increase accessibility to all survivors of sexual violence who have intersecting marginalizations.
Keynote speaker; Viktoria Belle from the Dandelion Initiative, Founder and Coordinator. Viktoria Belle is a survivor, activist, educator and artist in the City of Toronto.
The themes that we hope to address are anti-black racism, queer/trans*communities, disability awareness, sex workers and islamophobia. The purpose of this conference will be creating a platform for survivors and other subject matter experts to discuss how to improve services/ addressing barriers. We will have workshops for community members, anti-violence advocates, medical professionals, criminal justice professionals.
There will be note takers in each session during the event and a report of the discussions and information from the conference available afterwards on the SASC Ottawa webpage for the Ottawa community. The report will be used then to assist organizations in identifying what survivors of sexual violence need in relation to anti-oppression frameworks of service delivery.
A fundraiser for the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa created by Algonquin College Public Relations Students. For more details, visit fearlesstogether.com