Summer 2017

Well, summer is fast approaching and it certainly feels hot and balmy today. The next meeting is on May 24th, at 4:30pm, and we will be discussing our summer meeting schedule and fall workshops.

Qian has finished her workstudy. Qian delivered our donation to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. We are very happy that we were able to provide such a donation thanks to the hard work of Qian.

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Our baby bunnies have left the den weeks ago, however, we still have one that is seen often outside in the bushes and it appears happy and healthy.

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We will be getting a usb hub that will allow all our computers to print. We are also discussing getting a new printer that can do duplexing(double sided) as many students have been asking to print double sided.

Tessa is away for the summer, but Daphne, Michelle, and others will be maintaining the centre. If you have any requests for bus tickets or other necessities please let us know at thirdspace@uvic.ca.

Sincerely,

Third Space

Beware of fake social media

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.

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.

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.

Panty Drive 2017

Imagine being marginalized by your sex or gender, race, sexuality, economic status and being in need of shelter, with no access to clean undergarments and sanitary products ( tampons/ pads). Sadly, this is a real problem many people in this predicament face. For most shelters in Canada that serve feminine or female/intersex-specific essentials are in high demand. The UVic Third Space is organizing a Panty Drive to collect donations for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and  P.E.E.R.S Victoria. Both organizations provide vital practical services for those who are socially and financially vulnerable. They are seeking much needed donations of:
new panties
new bras
new socks
blankets
chocolates
tampons and pads.

All of these essentials can significantly impact the lives of real people living in these circumstances!

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Deadline for donations drop-off is April 16th, 2017. All donations can be brought to the following locations:

– UVic Third Space located in the Student Union Building Room B107
– UVic Clearihue Building B115 Women’s Studies Reading Room
– UVic Students’ Society Centre located in Student Union Building
– UVic Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group located in the Student Union Building Room B120 & 122
– Caffe Fantastico Specialty Coffees and Sparkle Brite Launderette 965 Kings Rd

We also have a Panty Drive Bake Sale on March 2nd, Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in SUB hallway.
If you have any questions about the drive, contact the Third Space at thirdspace@uvic.ca or visit us at SUB Room B107.

Third Space Intersectional Feminist Collective

 

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.

 

Welcome Back!

The UVSS Third Space is a place for all self-identified women, non-binary, and gender fluid persons to find comfort and safety.

WELCOME BACK! We hope you had a good break.

What is new in 2017?

COMPUTERS: We will have our new computer stations installed in the Third Space library next week. The new systems will can be upgraded in the future and we hope will service the demand for computers in the space for many years to come. The two new machines are running Windows 10, one machine with a 24 inch screen, and the second machine with a 32 inch desktop to assist those with visual needs. The Apple desktop will also still be in service for Mac users. So, the library will have 3 functioning computers and the printer as well.

DOOR LOCKS: Hopefully the key lock boxes will be installed soon and we can provide some additional access and hours to the centre. Key lock boxes are a keypad entry system that will allow us to provide access on request without having to provide keys. This keeps our space secure and provides us with an improved way of providing access during weekends and other school closure periods. If you have further questions please email us at thirdspace@uvic.ca.

COFFEE MAKER AND KETTLE: We have a new kettle which is amazing. Also, we have a new coffee maker. Daphne will be picking up a filter and coffee this week so the coffee maker should be in service next week.

SAFER SEX SUPPLIES AND MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS: We have a new shipment of external condoms in and they are out in the hallway. We have pregnancy tests available on request. We have loads of menstrual pads and also tampons. We hope to be getting some internal condoms soon. If you have any requests please let us know.

New Meeting Schedule is below:

  • January 19th, 2017 (Thursday) at 4:30PM.
  • February 1st, 2017 (Wednesday) at 4:30PM.
  • February 16th, 2017 (Thursday) at 4:30PM.
  • March 1st, 2017 (Wednesday) at 4:30PM.
  • March 16th, 2017 (Thursday) at 4:30PM.
  • March 29th, 2017 (Wednesday) at 4:30PM.
  • April 13th, 2017 (Thursday) at 4:30PM.
  • April 26th, 2017 (Wednesday) at 4:30PM.
  • May 11th, 2017 (Thursday) at 4:30PM.
  • May 24th, 2017 (Wednesday) at 4:30PM

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

The Third Space

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.

Thirdspace Zine 2015

We are pleased to announce that the Thirdspace Zine has been published and is available in the Women’s Centre. You may also request a copy by contacting the Thirdspace editor at thirdspace.zine@gmail.com. A PDF copy is also included in this post.

Much of the work in the zine was created during a three day event called “Thirdspace Production Party.” We asked participants to create art or writing with the question “What impact does gender have on your life?” and “How does gender impact other identities?” We were pleased to have more a 100 students come through the space and many of them left us their work to be published in the zine.

THIRDSPACE ZINE UNI<DIV>ERSITY PDF

Sincerely,

The Women’s Centre