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Vancouver Community Town Hall Provides Safe Space

IRIS and the Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society in Vancouver, BC hosted a Community Town Hall for IRIS’s Working Together – Combating Structural Violence against Indigenous, Racialized, Migrant Women and Women Labeled with Intellectual and Psychiatric Disabilities on April 18, 2016. The Working Together initiative brings together populations of women in Canada who face structural violence as … Continued

Toronto Community Town Hall Brings Together Women who Face Structural Violence

The Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto and Across Boundaries, in partnership with IRIS, hosted a Community Town Hall in Toronto, ON for IRIS’s Working Together – Combating Structural Violence against Indigenous, Racialized, Migrant  Women and Women Labeled with Intellectual and Psychiatric Disabilities initiative on April 13, 2016. The Working Together initiative brings together populations of women in … Continued

Highlights and Media from the Regina Community Town Hall for Working Together Initiative

On Monday, March 21, 2016 the Newo Yotina Friendship Centre and the Regina Immigrant Women’s Centre hosted a Community Town Hall event for IRIS’s Working Together initiative to hear Indigenous and refugee women, the Trans communities and women with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities talk about their experiences of intimate partner abuse, sexual violence, street violence … Continued

New IRIS Initiative in Collaboration with Roshanak Jaberi

IRIS recently received an award from the Ontario Arts Council’s Creative Engagement Fund to continue their work on the use of art for social change. The project is a collaboration with Roshanak Jaberi, a talented Iranian-Canadian performer, choreographer, producer and activist. No Woman’s Land, a multi-disciplinary performance piece and call-to-action, will explore the real stories of … Continued

Community Town Halls for Working Together Initiative

As part of IRIS’ Working Together initiative, Community Town Halls are being held in four cities across Canada: Regina, Saint John, Vancouver, and Toronto. Community Town Hall Dates and Times: Regina, SK – March 21, 2016 at 5pm Saint John, NB – March 30, 2016 at 6-8pm Toronto, ON – April 13, 2016 at 6-9pm Vancouver, BC – April … Continued

Working Together Project Meets Local Steering Committee in Regina

Doris Rajan, Director of Social Development, with IRIS’ Working Together project, was in Regina recently to meet with the local project team to clarify project goals, intended impact and begin planning for implementation. Led by the Newo Yotina Friendship Centre and the Regina Immigrant Women’s Centre, the Local Steering Committee, including members from the police, … Continued

Working Together – Combating Structural Violence: Video

IRIS has started an exciting new initiative that brings together migrant, indigenous and women with disabilities in four communities in Canada; Saint John, New Brunswick; Toronto, Ontario; Regina, Saskatchewan; and Vancouver, B.C. to work together in addressing structural violence in the communities in which they live. In November 2015 IRIS held a national meeting in … Continued

IRIS Launches New Project: Working Together – Combating Structural Violence

Women in Canada come from many diverse backgrounds and live with multiple experiences of marginalization and with each layer of exclusion, whether that is migrant, indigenous or disability status – other barriers to their safety are added. Consequently, particular populations of women experience higher rates of abuse than other women’s communities due to structural violence … Continued

Legal Capacity, A Fundamental Right

Open Society Fellow, and Managing Director of the Institutes for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society Michael Bach, talks about how “supported decision making” can allow those of us with disabilities to contribute to and participate more fully in society. The full story can be found here and in the video below.

Building Safe Communities for People with Disabilities

Our right to be safe is the name of the workshop for service providers that Fran Odette researcher/consultant and Doris Rajan senior researcher/consultant of IRIS gave on issues relating to violence against women, with a focus on women with disabilities. The workshop was recently presented in  Saint John, New Brunswick to a group of service providers. Before … Continued