CapU Instructors Team Up With The Shelter Video Project To Honor International Women’s Day
Students are invited to join the March 8 hybrid event to learn about the prison and housing systems on International Women’s Day
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Capilano University’s Departments of Women and Gender Studies (WGST) and Geography (CapU) are partnering with Toronto’s Shelter Video Project to plan this year’s events. The afternoon consists of a feature film screening followed by a panel discussion on the impact of urbanization, gentrification, poverty and incarceration on marginalized women, trans people and non-binary.
The documentary feature film, We want you to listen, is an experiential look at the discriminatory and violent nature of the shelter system. “It’s really about addressing issues of gender, precarious housing, precarious employment and gentrification,” explained Kirsten McIlveen (her).
Mcllveen, who teaches in both the WGST and Geography departments, says the roundtable will help create connections between the topics covered in the film and the prison continuum – the ways in which forms of social control extend to the prison. outside prison walls in other parts of society.
“What is often missing in our knowledge base and in so many stories is this knowledge of the lived experience of being on the margins,” Mcllveen said. “Although [Shelter Video Project is] based in Toronto, it has a resonance for Vancouver — [both] two of the most expensive cities in Canada.
The panel will be made up of people with lived experience in the residential and/or incarceration systems – two from Vancouver and the rest from Toronto – who have all experienced institutional abuse. “International Women’s Day (IWD) is an opportunity to draw attention to [these sorts of] gender issues because we have all been impacted by biases, stereotypes, discrimination and these intersectional oppressions and differences,” McIlveen said.
Despite the risk of increased stigma, they share their stories in an effort to help raise awareness and create a just society. “Part of that job is to give public space — and in our case, public academic space — to those who have experiences that often go untold or unheard,” Mcllveen said. “It’s a global day to not only celebrate and talk about people’s achievements, but also to take action against gender inequality around the world.”
IWD rallies date back to the early 1900s, when women began to actively campaign against oppression and inequality. With original dates varying between February and March, it eventually became March 8, which remains the day when IWD is celebrated. This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias.
Everyone is invited to join virtually via Zoom (https://capu.zoom.us/j/63310037439Password is shelter) or in LB322 on March 8 at 4 p.m. — no RSVP required.