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Consent Week at UWaterloo!
Consent Week begins today, with events taking place throughout the week! This weeklong intiative is an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to participate in conversations, activities, and events which focus on the topic of consent and healthy relationships. The aim of this week is to normalize dialogue about consent, increase the understanding of consent, allow the campus community to explore how to engage in healthy, positive relationships with one another, and highlight the services on and off campus that are available for support. All students, staff, faculty members, and members of the campus are encouraged to attend.
Check out the full list of events below:
What: Wen-Do Self-Defence Workshop [external link]
When: January 28 (tomorrow!) from 2-4 p.m
Open to women identified and non-binary students of all abilities, this workshop will focus on safety and empowerment, by preparing participants to defend themselves both mentally and physically. It will cover the fundamentals of self-defense through a feminist, anti-oppression analysis, the importance of using our voice, body weapons, kicks, blocks, a range of releases, and will break down stereotypes on gender-based violence. This workshop will give you the confidence to deal with diverse types of aggression that you may encounter in real life. The techniques will be practical and easy to learn in a safe environment, full of support and positive energy. Wen-Do is a registered charity and is the oldest self-defence organization taught by women identified instructors in Canada.
What: Let’s Get Consensual Sexual Health Trivia [external link]
When: Wednesday, January 29 from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre in Hagey Hall
This event is presented by WUSA and Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion. It will be a night of playful and interactive trivia with sexual health educator Samantha Bitty, promoting healthy and fun conversations about safer sex, consent, pleasure, relationships, and communication.
What: Consent Workshop with SASC [external link]
When: Thursday, January 30 from 12:30-2:30 p.m., COM 112D (University of Waterloo Police and Parking)
With SASC, there will be conversation on what consent is, what barriers exist in creating a culture of consent, and how to apply consent in practices in sexual and non-sexual contexts. Participants will learn ways to incorporate consent into their daily practices and light refreshments will be provided.
What: “What’s love got to do with it?” by Julie S. Lalonde [external link]
When: Thursday, January 30 from 5-6:30 p.m., Egineering 7 (E7)
Julie S. Lalonde is an internationally recognized womens' right advocate and public educator. She is a franco-ontarienne, originally from Northern Ontario and based in Ottawa. She holds a BA and MA in Canadian Studies from Cartleton University and works with numerous organizations that are dedicated to ending sexual violence, engaging bystanders and building communities of support. She has won many awards for her work, including the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.
Julie S. Lalonde was stalked by a former partner that she met in high school for over a decade. Drawing on her experience, years of advocacy with other survivors, and academic research on the causes and enablers of stalking, she will provide participants concrete tools to challenge unhealthy relationship dynamics in themselves and in others.
What: “What were you wearing?” [external link]
When: Friday, January 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., SLC Great Hall (Student Life Centre)
This installation is presented in partnership with the Sexual Assault Support Centre to provide a tangible response to one of our culture’s most pervasive rape myths. Outfits that are featured are recreations from the stories of student-survivors. It will require evaluation on what enables people as individuals and as a society to ask, “what were you wearing?” in the first place.