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[image description, powerpoint slide with quote: “Our role is never to help the legal system manage cases or women’s lives – it is to continue to make women’s real experiences visible and to make women’s safety a goal of legal intervention and the responsibility of the community. We must resist the forces that swallow up social movements and their transforming agendas.” – an advocate]
[image description, powerpoint slide: Consciousness Raising Table Discussion What is consciousness and consciousness raising? Consciousness – the state of being awake and aware especially of something within oneself. Consciousness Raising – a process of making people understand and be interested in important social and political issues.]
[image description, powerpoint slide with text: Social Change advocacy. Core Principles: Create an experience that is liberating vs. dominating, Engage in dialogue vs. counsel or advise, Recognize intersection and complexity vs. single aspects or events, Place the person’s reality and actual needs at the center vs. institutions’ needs, Engage with social networks, family, and community vs. isolated individuals, Approach as a social problem vs. individual or psychological. Core Activities: Connect with women/survivor and supportive networks to strengthen community and create solidarity, Understand the nature of violence against women and how it affects women individually and collectively, Analyze what it is that will alleviate the problems caused (for individuals and for women as a group) AND prevent them from occurring in the future, Strategize a course of action (steps, details and preparation) to create change, Implement the strategy – take the collective action and steps necessary to create the change, Reflect and adapt in relation to shifting conditions, success or failure of strategies used and intended or unintended consequences. Theoretical Foundation: Understand violence against women in the context of a system of gender oppression. The violence is a tool that maintains the oppression that all women experience to varying degrees. Gender oppression intersects with other forms of oppression; they reinforce and perpetuate each other. Collective action within and across communities and identity groups is necessary to end oppression in all forms. Women/survivors who have experienced violence must be a primary force in collective work to end violence against women and the system of gender oppression that it maintains.]
[image description: powerpoint slide with text Harnessing our Collective Power requires: understanding the violence as oppression, changing the root causes of oppression, locating outside of the institutions we are trying to change, working collectively with women who experience violence, focusing on women’s experiences and needs not institutions needs.]
If you take our DVSV trainings and workshops, you will learn about how domestic and sexual violence is rooted in systematic and institutional oppression. Our focus the first morning at the Advocacy Learning Center was setting this foundation, connecting oppression and DVSV. We discussed the Pillars of Oppression and did a Margin to Center exercise demonstrating how multiple identities intersect. In ways, we each are both the oppressor and the oppressed.
[image description: two photos side by side, on the left is a poster of the Pillars of Oppression: Center=Ruler/Oppressor (image of a triangle) Margin = Ruled/Oppressed, Make oppressed into inferior objets undeserving of equal treatment, Teach submission through day-to-day disdain and messages of inferiority and overt violence, Able to use violence against oppressed with impunity, Split oppressed into “good” (collaborators) and “bad” (resistors). Behind the poster is the “island of survivors” a large circle covered by many colored post-its with written messages. The second photo is white poster paper with a large circle titled Margin and a smaller circle inside it titled Center. There are hand written words on various parts of the circles such as men, white, rich, cisgender, heterosexual, temporarily able bodied at the Center and words such as single mothers, LGBTQ, rural, undocumented residents, HIV Aids at the Margin.]
We are thrilled to have been chosen for an 18 month immersion program to elevate DVSV advocacy services. Through the Advocacy Learning Center, we are working with DVSV agencies from around the country to talk about our work to end violence against women. Our Empowerment Directors are in Chaska, Minnesota for the week – stay tuned for more updates!
[image description: training poster showing a painting by Mali Kouanchao of three women of color raising their hands up together toward a swirling backdrop of blue sky, red mountains and green landscapes. The conference title is shown: The Advocacy Learning Center, a force for change. Welcome. Praxis International, Office on Violence Against Women, Manavi]
- Deaf Access for Survivors webinar: Oct. 5 10a
- DVSV Training Must attend all three days: Oct 14, 15 & 16 9-5p