Rally to support Women’s March

The Third Space is re-posting this in spirit and solidarity with what is expanding into a global movement on the January 21st as women and various genders march on Washington on the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump.

DATE: Saturday, January 21st, 2017

PLACE: Centennial Square, 645 Fisgard Street, on the unceeded lands of the Lekwungen speaking peoples.

Details from the Facebook event page(EVENT LINK):
“For those of you who can’t travel to DC for this important march, please join us in Victoria while we support our neighbours to the south.

The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to their new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We invite people of all genders, backgrounds, and cultures to stand up for women, indigenous people, queers, and marginalized minorities everywhere.

The Rally will be followed by a march.”

If you need more information, require assistance (such as bus tickets), or would like to participate with the Third Space please email us at thirdspace@uvic.ca.

IMAGE: Illustration titled “Hear Our Voice” by Liza Donovan, created for the Women’s March on Washington. Read more about march art here.


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!



Red Umbrella March

5:30 pm: Meet at the legislature, then march to Spirit Square (City Hall)
7:00 pm: Speakers, performances, and open mic (Council Chambers at City Hall)

Held on the Lekwungen territory of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations.
The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers also known as Red Umbrella Day is a day held in solidarity with people around the world who trade or sell sex through commercial sex work. Please join us at 5:30pm on the steps of the legislature to march to end violence against sex workers.

Bus tickets will be availabile at City Hall, and there are two single stall washrooms in Council Chambers.

Peers Victoria and the University of Victoria Student Society are co-hosting this event.

Please contact us at: safersexwork@gmail.com for more information.

This event includes food from The Reef food truck.

This event has FREE CHILDCARE! Cage Shai will be doing child care and will have juice boxes, healthy snacks, and toys. Please message us in advance if your child has specific needs or dietary requirements.