UVSS POLICY CHANGE

Well, it has been a long process in changing the policies of the Thrid Space, formerely the Women’s Centre, here at UVic. Our collective over the years has changed, but the core values of an inclusive and intersectional feminism has remained as our truth and our song. Collective members and coordinators many years ago began this path and policy within our organization and were amended to include those who suffer under the oppressive weight of patriarchy and colonial masculinity. Then the collective desired a more suitable name for the organization, and after an almost 8 month long consultation and survey our members voted unaminously to change our name to The Third Space.

More recently, we worked with the University of Victoria Student’s Society to amend the UVSS policies that dictated our membership to us, the only remaining advocacy group in which our membership was defined for us. At the last UVSS Annual General Meeting our collective is now defined by us and for us. The name change is still in progress and although we do business as the Women’s Centre, we are the Third Space, as the name change is a long process.

MOTION TO AMEND BYLAW 18 – THE WOMEN’S CENTRE
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Bylaw 18.2 is amended as follows:
18.2 Membership in the Women’s Centre
Women’s Centre active membership shall be comprised of
all registered undergraduate women students any person who
successfully meets the membership qualifications as
set out in the bylaws of the Women’s Centre.

October 28th, 2016 Updates

Updates from the last meeting:
*The Third Space will be having a pancake breakfast event to help raise money for some assistive technologies that will benefit members. This includes a virtual reality desktop.
*Also, our e-hire will continue to be a volunteer after her e-hire has concluded, until hiring has concluded.
*Third Space will be supporting the National Day of Rememberance and Action on Violence Against Women.
*A new coffee maker and kettle will be purchased.
*Hiring committee is moving forward with sudent positions and should be posting soon.
*The donated computers will be accessed and if functional will be added to the library.
*Lock boxes will be added to the front door and the office door. Members who need access after hours will be given access at the discretion of the collective.

If there is anything I missed please let me know. Hope you are all having a great weekend.

Updates October, 2016

Hello Collective,

We hope all your midterms have been a success. There is a collective meeting this Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 12:00pm(noon) in the Third Space lounge in the SUB(Student Union Building). New members are encouraged to attend.

We have a new listserv and will no longer be using the other service. The sign-up sheet for the listserv is in the Third Space lounge next to the chalkboard. We will be publishing the first monthly newsletter soon. Stay tuned.

There is also a facebook group as well. Indicate in the email signup if you wish to be added to the facebook group as well.

Sincerely,

The Collective.

Collective Meeting 10/14/2016

Hello Collective,

Today’s meeting was good. We made some decisions about our fundraising for Red Umbrella this year. We also decided to switch over to our new listserve. If you wish to sign up for our new listserve please come by the Third Space and sign up on the sign up sheet next to the chalkboard.

Further, workstudy positions will be available this next week and so if you are eligible for workstudy the link is here:

Hope everyone is staying safe and dry in this weather. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Third Space in the SUB.

Sincerely,

The Collective

 

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UVic’s Message on Sexual Assault

The actions taken by the Women’s Centre, the UVSS, and students has resulted in a renewed attention to the issues of sexual assault on campus. The media became involved and shared the message that post-secondary institutions need policy reform. The Provincial Green Party member Andrew Weaver tabled a bill (read more here) to that aims to address the pervasive occurrence of sexualized violence plaguing universities and colleges in British Columbia. This bill has since been supported by the Premier as well, and it is only a matter of time before it becomes law.

The recent press and government support has caused the University of Victoria to respond. Now, although the message from UVic’s President Jamie Cassels appears to be a promise to work on these issues, it should be noted that it appears the development will be done at higher levels and through internal processes. We are still focused on demanding that survivors and students, faculty, and staff, are adequately represented and have a integral part in policy reform. President Jamie Cassels says in his statement;

“I made that commitment UVic and other BC post-secondary institutions have been working with the provincial government to collect best practices and develop a framework that provides guidance and an integrated approach for responding to sexualized violence. This has also involved seeking advice regarding the process for the review and development of a university policy that more directly and effectively addresses the issue of sexual and gender-based violence.”

Read the whole statement here: Message from the President on Sexual Assualt

This is a good step forward in policy reform, however, we find the terms ‘seeking advice’ to be vague and unaccountable. UVic should work horizontally in this endeavor to review and develop, which means, not just seeking advice from community, but having community at the table!

 

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International Women’s Day Pancake Lunch

When: Tuesday, March 8th, 11am-1pm
Where: Women’s Centre in the SUB B107


Join us to honour International Women’s Day on Tuesday March 8th! The Women’s Centre will be having an open house from 11 am – 1pm this coming Tuesday, we will be serving free pancakes (gluten free and dairy free options available). Come get to know your fellow community members and enjoy some delicious brunch!

This space is accessible.

This workshop takes place on the stolen lands of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ speaking peoples.

DIY Menstrual Cup Workshop

When: March 11th, 3pm-6pm
Where: Women’s Centre in the SUB B107

ALL BODIES WELCOME!

We will be making menstrual cups from scratch. All materials are provided. There is limited space so please let us know if you are coming so that we have enough materials for everyone.

Light snacks and drinks will be served.

This space is accessible.

This workshop takes place on the stolen lands of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ speaking peoples.

URGENT! Safety Concern!

This Saturday, February 6th, 2016 a group of pro-rape activists are gathering in the evening at secret locations in various neighbourhoods. This will likely be in local pubs, bars, and club settings.

This is an urgent safety concern for those who may be in the vicinity, particularly ciswomen, transwomen, non-binary, agender, and gender fluid persons. These groups are aggressive, openly violent, trans-aggressive, homo-aggressive, misogynists that have no regard for individuals.

If you are struggling and need emotional support please contact:
Crisis line: 1-888-484-3888
Trans Crisis line:1-877-330-6366 or online here!

If you see this group and feel safe to do so, please contact your local police and update them on the groups location. NOTE: You are not required to give any of your own personal information to the police, it is not required to file a complaint. We recognize that involving police is problematic as the police also represent a force of misogyny and violence.

The Victoria Police Non-Emergency line is: 250-995-7654
(Please do not call 911 unless it is an emergency).