Victoria, British Columbia signed Keep Ontario's Current Sex-Ed Curriculum Petition 2018-07-13 02:09:23 -0400Progressive Sex-Ed is the only way to end rape culture!
Women’s March Canada is deeply disappointed with the announcement by the Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson, to roll back Ontario’s modernized sexual health education curriculum ahead of the upcoming school year. Ontario’s children and youth deserve access to health and physical education information that ensures their safety and aligns with the realities of our rapidly changing world.873 signatures
To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
The revised 2015 health curriculum has been extensively researched and is the most progressive and up-to-date in Ontario’s history. There is no other curriculum in the province that has benefited from nearly a decade of input from both experts in the field and thousands of parents.
The repeal of the current Ontario curriculum for Grades 1-8 in Health and Physical Education, 2015 (Revised) means:
- Ontario students will no longer be taught the concept of ‘consent.’ The word consent appears ZERO times in the 1998 health curriculum. Given the rate of sexual violence against women in Ontario, this is completely unacceptable.
- There will be zero discussion on gender identity or same-sex relationships.
- Students will not learn about issues around gender-based violence, sexual harassment, homophobia, the social impacts of puberty, sexting, cyberbullying or protecting yourself from online predators. There have been 78 women and girls killed in Canada so far this year and most of them were in Ontario.
The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education, 2015 (revised)
We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
- Immediately reinstate the revised 2015 health curriculum;
- Provide a clear and transparent plan for additional consultations including a timeline for consultations;
- Provide a clear and transparent plan for how the initial consultations will be incorporated into any revisions proposed by the Ford Government;
- If a new curriculum document is to be made and presented, please indicate where and how it will address the following topics included in the 2015 revision: consent; sexting; cyberbullying; LGBTQ2S; body parts; and other information to help young people advocate for their own health and safety.
Women's March Canada - Victoria Chapter
Women's March Victoria acknowledges that we live, work, and play on unceded Lekwungen and Saanich territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples. We acknowledge that the Songhees and Esquimalt nations have stewarded these lands and waters, and we all have a better quality of life due to the work they’ve done and continue to do.
We are not ready to put away their protest signs just yet...are you? There are a few ways you get involved in Women's March Canada Victoria. You can volunteer, donate and recruit others to join us! As a grassroots organization, our chapter is your chapter.
The 2018 Women's March in Victoria was organized as a grassroots effort by Cayla Naumann and Dr. Kat Sark, in only two weeks from idea to fruition. Kat and Cayla met on January 8, 2018, and were joined by ChrŸs Tei, Linaya Bertschi, Marlie Van Roy, Alexandra Ages, Barbara Mitchell-Pollock and Gail Nestel, along with many other volunteers from UVic and other communities in Victoria. We thank everyone who has contributed to making this event a success! After the success of the march, Dr Kat Sark founded the Victoria Chapter - the first independent Chapter in Canada. Find Women's March Victoria group on Facebook to join us, and stay informed on our events and publications throughout the year!
Join our team
We strong because of the incredible individuals that make our chapter. We are for all who believe in equal rights and opportunity for women. Our work is empowering, and working as a team ensures we have the professional and emotional support to make impact.
You can find a list of our executive roles here. Feedback is welcomed, if you see a need not outlined, let us know.
Our work does not end with our march! To find local events that support women's health, economic security, representation and safety in the Victoria, visit our online event calendar here.
OUR FIRST YEAR:
January 20, 2018 - We organized the Women’s March in Victoria, with intersectional speakers and representatives of diverse social justice organizations, including Indigenous communities, LGBTQ+ communities, immigrants and refugees, women of colour, and women with (dis)abilities.
February 17, 2018 - We assisted the organizers of the Stolen Sisters March with donations, transportation, and promotion of this important event on our social media platforms.
March 8, 2018 - We planned, fundraised, and co-organized the International Women’s Day Festival at Centennial Square. We edited, designed, and published the Anthology of Social Justice and Intersectional Feminisms and launched it at the Greater Victoria Public Library with a panel discussion with many of the contributors.
April 14, 2018 - We helped to plan, fundraise, and co-organize the March for Science.
June 30, 2018 - We organized the Rally to End Family Separation.
July 21, 2018 - To commemorate six months after women marched around the globe, we organized a Women’s March Symposium, inviting some of the speakers from the 2018 march, as well as other grassroots organizations and allies for discussion panels, networking, and fundraising. We published and launched our Women in Business Guide.
November 2018 - We organized a Feminist Christmas Market fundraiser at UVic.
December 6, 2018 - We were invited to participate in the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women.
January 19, 2019 - We are organizing the next Women's March in Victoria. This year's theme is "Ending Violence Against Women." Please join us and RSVP here!
Women's March Victoria 2018 March
Women's March Victoria 2017 March
- Island Sexual Health Society
- Rainbow Health Co-Op
- La Leche League - Victoria/Esquimalt
- La Leche League - Victoria Central
- La Leche League - Victoria West Shore
- Council of Canadians, Victoria Chapter
- Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society
- Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)
- SolUtions Victoria
- Women Leading in Government
- Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour
- The Salafi Feminist
- Anthology of Social Justice, Decolonization, and Intersectional Feminisms
In the news:
- The 2nd Annual Women's March is this Saturday in Victoria
- Thousands of Victorians will take part in Women’s March Canada on Saturday
- Victoria Women’s March 2.0 hits the streets Jan. 20
- Victoria joins worldwide Women's March
- Hundreds gather in Victoria for Women’s March
- Hundreds of Victorians participated in the worldwide Women’s March 2018
- Women’s March Victoria 2018 – Photo Essay
- Ape Goes to the Victoria Women's March Canada Jan. 20th, 2018
- Victoria Women's March
- Women's March Victoria attracted 1300 supporters
- Victoria’s 2018 Women’s March in photos
We are the leaders we have been waiting for. From the Women’s March in 2017 to the Women's March in 2018, we’ve seen how powerful we are when we gather together, share space and lift each other up. Your support will help us show the world that Victoria women and men will always fight for and defend women's rights as human rights.
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