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May is Sexualized Assault Prevention Month!

May 01, 2024

May is Sexualized Assault Prevention Month!

Every May, Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre and Les EssentiElles run a campaign to raise awareness about sexual assault, supporting victims, and sharing resources for where to find help in Yukon. Funding for Sexual Assault Prevention Month (SAPM) is made possible by Yukon Government Women and Gender Equity Directorate.

Our 2024 Campaign

This year we continue with the “talking thins the threat’ theme launched in 2022. This campaign is aimed at engaging teenage youth in meaningful conversations around sexual violence and how to:

  • Set boundaries

  • Support friends who have been sexually assaulted

  • Create change

The Facts

  • 1 in 10 teens were kissed, touched, or forced them to have sexual contact against their will by someone they were dating.

  • 43% of all dating violence incidents occurs to victims 15-24 years old. 

  • 2SLGBTQIA+ youth have a greater chance of encountering dating violence than those who are cisgender and heterosexual.

Consent, boundaries, and respect for those boundaries are important for healthy relationships that uplift you rather than bring you down.

By teaching young people - at all ages and development stages - about consent, boundaries, empathy, and respect, they can get the skills they need to have healthy relationships, recognize and leave unhealthy relationships, and increase their self-confidence.

Let’s empower young people with the right to say No, to listen to their own bodies, and to respect others when they say No.

Join Us for This Year’s Campaign!

Here are some simple ways you can learn more and help spread awareness during this year’s campaign:

  1. Follow us on social media. Throughout May, we’ll be sharing resources, scripts, and tools to help you navigate the weird and confusing world of relationships and to help you support your friends as they navigate theirs.

  2. Visit EndViolenceYukon.com and access info. and links on healthy relationships, bystander tips, supporting others and where to get help. PARENTS/CAREGIVERS, EDUCATORS, YOUTH - this website offers awesome resources, no matter your age.

  3. Reach out to us at any time. We love to brainstorm, collaborate or lend support around initiatives to end sexualised assault that are relevant to your community.

In-Person Activities 4 Youth

As in past years, and together with Les EssentiElles, we’ve reached out to the local high schools in Whitehorse. Plans include:

  • Workshops with youth in grade 10 classrooms.

  • Two BBQ events - one at Porter Creek and one at CSSC Mercier - with FH Collins students invited to attend as well. Community partners will be boothing to let youth know about the resources and supports available to them locally.

More info.? Questions?

Visit EndViolenceYukon.com at any time of the year for information on ending gender-based violence. This is our campaign website for both Sexual Assault Prevention Month and 16 Days to End Gender-Based Violence.

For media requests, contact: communications@vfwomenscentre.com For the confidential support of our Women’s Advocate, phone 667-2693 ext. 2 or e-mail womensadvocate@vfwomenscentre.com

Need support now?

If you leave any sexual situation hurt, unsure, or confused, there is help. Talk to a friend, get support, or learn more about how to report it. There are many options listed here - and this list is updated regularly.





Executive Director - Job Competition Extended!

April 22, 2024

Executive Director - Job Competition Extended!

UPDATE, May 15th, 2024

  • Application link has been updated: https://forms.gle/LYvhqegj3uH8fKJM6

  • The application deadline for the ED position remains open until a successful candidate has been hired.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB OPPORTUNITY

Over the last three years the Women’s Centre has focused our efforts on strengthening internal systems, such as finance and onboarding, and rebuilding our partnerships and community relationships since the pandemic closed our doors and pivoted our programming.

The Board of Directors has begun strategic planning and has set a strong direction for our work over the next 3-5 years. The incoming Executive Director will be a part of this ongoing process and will step into a fresh mandate to deliver.

We are seeking a dynamic Executive Director who is committed to supporting the team to bring our vision to life and continuing to explore and lead decolonization efforts in our community with the Board. We offer a flexible employment space that is committed to feminism and anti oppression and making the values live through, not only the programs we run, but the workplace we operate.

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION (link updated April 24 and is now accessible!)

Available here or here: https://rb.gy/1tky22

HOW TO APPLY

**Please fill out this brief [google form](https://forms.gle/LYvhqegj3uH8fKJM6 and upload your cover letter and resume there.**

If you encounter problems with the google form, you can send your cover letter and resume to: communications@vfwomenscentre.com

WHAT WE DO - AN OVERVIEW OF THE WOMEN’s CENTRE

The Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre has operated a drop-in and advocacy space for women identifying, and non-binary, folks in Whitehorse for nearly 50 years! In addition, we provide a variety of programs and services such as:

  • Community Kitchen
  • Women’s Advocate
  • Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures
  • Rural Pregnant Mom’s Suite
  • Mom’s and Kid’s Summer Rec. Program

We’ve just begun a Next Gen Men program in Yukon and have plans to start an All Genders Young Feminist Club and a Sexual Health Education Hub.

Together with partner agencies, we also organise two educational campaigns each year: Sexual Assault Prevention Month and 16 Days to End Gender-Based Violence.
For more info. on all these initiatives, visit:

QUESTIONS?

If you have questions about the position, or if the Google form is not working for you, please e-mail communications@vfwomenscentre.com





We are Hiring - Consent Crew Coordinator

February 20, 2024

We are Hiring - Consent Crew Coordinator

UPDATE APRIL 3, 2024: This competition is now closed. A successful candidate has been hired. Yay!


VFWC is seeking a program coordinator to design, launch, operate and evaluate a pilot project to engage young men and boys in addressing sexualized assault and intimate partner violence. This project includes three core deliverables:

  1. The creation of a Sexual health Education Hub for Yukon educators.
  2. Launching an all-genders Young Feminist Club at VFWC.
  3. Launching Next Gen Men in the Yukon.

The successful candidate will work in partnership with a male contractor to support the Next Gen Men Launch, the VFWC Communications Coordinator to support marketing and partnerships, and other VFWC staff to support operations of the Young Feminists Club. This program is funded through Promising practices funding from the Government of Canada and has a heavy evaluation component to establish how this best practice will work with the North.

VISIT YUWIN for FULL DETAILS on the job opening.

HOW TO APPLY (updated April 3rd, 2024)

Please submit an application to communications@vfwomenscentre.com. Submissions must include the following:

1. - Your pronouns. Please note that only those who identify as a woman or outside of the gender binary can apply for this job.

2. A cover letter that explains:

  • How your education, lived and work experience have prepared them for this position.
  • A project you have carried from vision to completion.

3. A resumé describing applicable work, volunteer and/or lived experience.

Note that applications with out a cover letter will not be considered.

DEADLINE

Deadline for this competition will remain open until the position has been filled. If interested, we encourage you to apply with out delay. Thank you to those who have already applied: we will be inviting you to interview shortly.

WHO CAN APPLY

This position is open to folks who identify as a woman or outside the gender binary.

DO OUR VALUES ALLIGN?

At the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre our decisions, actions and relations are guided by the following core values: feminism, inclusivity, anti-oppression, respect and equality.

LEARN more about the Women’s Centre and the work we do at:

-https://vfwomenscentre.com/ (our website for day to day programming and services) -http://endviolenceyukon.com/ (our campaign website for 16 Days to End Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Month)

QUESTIONS? Contact Monica (she/elle), our Communications Coordinator, at (867) 667-2693, x 5 or at communications@vfwomenscentre.com.





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