Sex Worker Media Training

CounterFIT Women’s Harm Reduction Program is presenting a workshop – Sex Worker Media Training.

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From their poster:

Let’s learn how to seduce the media with one of Toronto’s best!

Facilitated by the hot, sexy and sassy sex worker ally and sexual assault activist Jane Doe.

With Bill C-36 quickly moving through parliament, the media is turning to us to ‘pimp’ our stories, and politicians are seeking our expertise.

Learn how to talk back to government and media while not selling ourselves for their agenda.

When: Friday, September 5th – 1:30pm-4pm
Where: South Riverdale Community Health Centre – 955 Queen Street East, Toronto ON

Please RSVP by contacting Arlene Jane Pitts – 416.461.1925 x388 or apitts@srchc.com. Priority will be given to street based sex workers.

Tokens and snacks provided.

TBTN SpeakOUT #13

“[I march] because Hamilton Take Back the Night is the best thing the city has got to offer. Hamilton Take Back the Night is the best across the country.” – Take Back the Night participant

Why do you march at Take Back the Night? Let us know in the comments or by emailing erin@sacha.ca! Continue reading

Dress More Sexy

Andrea Dee is an all round bad ass intersectional feminist and massive SACHA supporter.  She plays roller derby and frequently travels to Spain. She dreams of being a cartographer and living in the mountains.

Andrea sent us her experience of workplace sexual harassment.

andrea deeToday I head to my hell hole work for my predicted last day. I’m choosing to wear my “unsexy” outfit that started this whole sexual harassment predicament. He insisted that I had to look more sexy and wear a dress despite other female co-workers being allowed to wear pants.

My boss will likely say something humiliating to me in front of all the staff, and I with my head held high will demolish him with my words. Not because I need to defend myself, but I need to defend all the women that experience sexual harassment in the work place and in their daily lives.

Think about this – 87% of Canadian women report experiencing sexual harassment. EIGHTY-SEVEN PERCENT!

I’m tired of being silent. I’m also tired of being told to shut up. NO I WON’T. Not until the day I have to stop calling men out on sexual harassment. Not until the day that I can feel comfortable and safe in my workplace, my city, my streets. Not until the day I can bike to work without having barbaric comments hurled from men in passing by vehicles.

I want to see change, I need it. Even if I am standing alone, I’d rather be here than remain silent.

Thank you for all the support from the beautiful souls I know. I have had some rad people come to me this week and show their support in different and wonderful ways. Thank you for always encouraging me to do what is right, and for the solidarity.

I leave you with this very true quote that inspires me to not remain silent, “Well-behaved women seldom make history….”

– Andrea Dee

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If you have experienced sexual harassment you can get support by calling SACHA’s Support Line – 905.525.4162 – or by coming to see a counsellor at SACHA.

Women and Labour

Today is Labour Day!

We’re taking a look at why as we fight for gender equity we also need to fight for workers rights as well.

Because women still earn less than men

Despite decades of struggle, the gender wage gap has persisted with women making only around 71% of what men make. One reason for this is that women, especially women of colour and recent immigrants, are more likely to work in low-wage, insecure jobs,  particularly in the service sector, where they have few opportunities for advancement. Continue reading