Compiled by Emily Miller/ The AS Review
Western Women’s Festival, April 24 to 29, organized by WEAVE.
Monday, April 24: “Senorita Extraviada. Missing Young Woman,” an award winning film about more than 350 kidnapped, raped and murdered young women of Juárez, Mexico. Hundreds of women go to work and never come home, Rankin explained; their bones are found instead. “This is a huge human right issue that’s happening right across the border and nothing significant is being done about it.” 7 p.m. in Viking Union 552
Tuesday, April 25: “Recognizing and Responding to Relational Violence in Adolescents and Young Adults.” This workshop, presented by Jonathan Berry, the founding director of the Northwest Center for Violence Prevention Training, deals with how to recognize dating violence, sexual assault and coercion and how to break out of the cycle. 5 to 7 p.m. in Communications Facility 120.
Wednesday, April 26: Night of Testimony. This discussion will be based on creating a safe space to share sexual assault experiences or listen to others. Break away from the statistics and hear firsthand how sexual assault impacts lives and how people cope. Open to survivors and support people. 6 to 8 p.m. in Viking Union 565.
Thursday, April 27. Take Back the Night. In accordance with the international effort to stop violence against women, this walk has been going on throughout the United States since 1977. On Western’s campus, there will be a rally at the PAC which will be followed by a march downtown with a huge community of women. This walk is a symbolic gesture of walking at night free of fear. Members of Men Against Violence will hold a candlelight vigil in support and the band Villains and Heroes will play. Meet at the PAC at 6 p.m.
Friday, April 28: “I’m Not Even Me: A First Person Account of Sex, Persona, and the Media.” Nationally renowned speaker Ducky DooLittle will be visiting campus to present a workshop to spread the message that women are absolutely sexy just the way they are despite the popular media’s “crazy making” way of portraying women. DooLittle has had 17 years of experience in the sex industry as a peepshow girl in Times Square, a stripper, dominatrix and a nudie magazine model, according to her web site. Now, she works primarily as an author, a performer and a Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Counselor for five NYC hospital emergency rooms. Her new book, “Sex With the Lights On” was described by Margaret Cho as “absolutely essential guide for everyone with a body!” Incredibly detailed, informative, compassionate, funny, wise and sexy as hell.” 6 to 8 p.m. in Miller Hall 163.
Saturday, April 29: Whatcom County Gender Equality Festival. The community is invited to celebrate the empowerment of women and men’s roles as allies in ending gender oppression and violence against women. The even will feature performers, belly dancing, speakers and information tables. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Boundary Bay, 1107 Railroad Ave.
Saturday, April 29: “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The Men’s March to End Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence.” This is a fundraiser for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS). The walk will begin at Western and will end at Boundary Bay at the Whatcom County Gender Equality Festival.
Tuesday, April 11: “Prisons as Violence Against Women: How the State Perpetuates a Culture of Violence and Neglect.” This workshop is presented by The Birth Attendants, a group of volunteer doulas who will address their views about the violence against women perpetuated in prison. Topics will include institutionalized racism and oppression, inadequate healthcare and ways to support the rights of incarcerated women. 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 in Viking Union 462 A&B.