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Toronto Women Speaking Up: Life in The City

News Release

March 29, 2016

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam to moderate Salon 27 panel discussion.

Toronto Women Speaking Up: Life in The City

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Ryerson Student Learning Centre Amphitheatre (341 Yonge Street), Ground Floor

Accessibility: Location is accessible

Women are subjected to discrimination and violence every day; yet many will stay silent in fear of further violence, not being believed. The experiences of gender-based bias in health care, the workplace, and law enforcement is compounded by cultural insensitivity, racism, and ablism.

The Muslim community, in particular women wearing head coverings, are targets of Islamophobic violence in our city and in Canada. Anti-Black racism is an ongoing and systemic issue directed towards members of the Black community. Incidents of race-based violence remain largely underreported.

Many believe the criminal justice system does not meet the needs of sexual assault survivors leaving the majority to experience further victimization.  Sexual assault is common in public spaces including TTC properties. Most female TTC riders are not aware of what the term "sexual assault" legally covers. Therefore many incidents will go unreported.

Aboriginal women are at a greater risk of violence and racism than non-Aboriginal women in Canada. The rising number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women is alarmingly high and disproportionate with no resolution in sight despite a national inquiry underway.

Toronto is not a fully accessible city for people living with disabilities. Sadly, 60% of women with disability experience some form of violence in their life time. According to Statistics Canada women with severe/very severe disabilities also experience poverty and unemployment at higher levels than their male counterparts.

It is 2016 – we still have not achieved wage equality. Currently in Ontario women earn 74 cents on the male dollar. Pay equity remains an illusionary aspiration.

Tonight, Councillor Wong-Tam will be moderating a panel with four inspiring women for a night of uncensored discussion about their experience and life in the city. Salon 27 creates an opportunity to have a frank and inclusive discussion about Toronto women's equity, safety and civic participation.

Panelists:

Caitlyn E. Kasper – Staff Lawyer, Aboriginal Legal Services

Terri-Lynn Langdon – MSW, RSW, disAbled Social Worker and Social Justice Activist

Abigail Moriah - Associate Development Manager, Regent Park Revitalization, Toronto Community Housing and Civic Action diverse City Fellows

Jessica Mustachi – Safety Program Coordinator, Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC)

 

Media contact:

Melissa Wong, Director, Policy, and Operations

Office of Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27

416-392-7903

Councillor_wongtam@toronto.ca