For a little over a year now an unelected person(s) have been operating social media accounts as UVIC Women’s Centre. Beware that these accounts are operated by person(s) who are;

  • Not elected to speak on behalf of our centre,
  • are racist, anti-sex work, and transaggressive,
  • seek to incite violence and harm upon our centre and its members,
  • they are not students,
  • and they are ignorant to the how the UVSS functions.

The claims they make are outrageous and obviously misinformed. So let us do a little myth busting here.

Firstly, our centre is run by students who together form a collective of people. The collective uses a consensus based decision making model to operate, including election of volunteer unpaid coordinators.

Secondly, the Third Space has no bank accounts or access to funds directly. Every single financial transaction has to be approved by the collective, attached to funding request forms with receipts, signed by two signing authorities, and submitted to the accounting department whereby it is scrutinized by the accountants, signed by three executives, and then given to the collective.

Third, the recent UVSS Annual General Meeting voted in favour, with zero against, for changing the UVSS policies on how our space defines its membership. During the motion there was opportunity for people to speak about the motion, every single speaker spoke in favour, and not one person presented an argument against the motion for our centre to define our own membership. The UVSS AGM has a minimum quorum of over 100 students. Further, the name change of the centre was work that was ongoing in the centre for year’s before Daphne was even a member of the space. Also, the survey that was distributed had overwhleming support for the change, despite what lying rad femmes might say.

Fourth, our unpaid coordinators are elected. The implication that someone can take over the centre is an absolute fabrication that is intended to incite violence and harm.

Fifth, these people claim they were banned. This is simply not true, as they have never made themselves known, been to a meeting, or participated in the space at all. All of their claims are made in the absence of fact.

Lastly, the changes in our membership, and the name change have been the hard work of many of our members that has occurred over the last few years. No one member is responsible for these changes, it is a collective process, and a collective decision. We stand by all our members! Please come and see us if you have any questions.

About the Author UVSS Women's Centre

UVSS Women's Centre is an intersectional feminist collective funded by UVic students. Run by a volunteer collective made up of self-identified women, non-binary, and fluid gender persons. We strive to be a strong, intersectional feminist voice on campus, which is located on theunceeded lands of the Lekwungen, WSÁNÉC, and Wyomilth nations.

2 comments

  1. This is really upsetting. I was a member years ago during my degree. We had these sinister elements promoting the type of feminism that excludes people and is just plain hateful! I cannot believe that the center is still dealing with these toxic radical feminists. They always seem to operate in the shadows, probably because they know that their rhetoric goes against basic human rights.

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