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Consent Week at UWaterloo

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Yvonn Yu
Communications Assistant
Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:45

The University of Waterloo’s Office of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion [external link] is hosting its first Consent Week from January 21 to January 25. Students, staff, and faculty can engage in various activities and events that provide an educational and supportive environment for those interested in learning more about consent and becoming more involved.

“Many students I speak with talk about the continued misunderstandings and myths regarding consent, and my hope is to increase knowledge and understanding around this topic,” said Sexual Violence Response Coordinator Amanda Cook, who will be hosting several of the Consent Week events.

Consent Week aims to normalize the discussion concerning consent, increase understanding of the issue, allow participants to explore how to engage in healthy, positive relationships with one another, and increase awareness of services both on and off campus for support.

Everyone in the University community is encouraged to check out the variety of activities happening this week.

Wen-Do Women’s Self-Defence Lunch Hour Workshop

Participants will be prepared to defend themselves both physically and mentally in addition to receiving an overview of women’s self-defence through a feminist, anti-oppression analysis. There will also be a focus on women’s safety and empowerment and will seek to give participants the confidence to deal with the range of types of aggression they are most likely to encounter in real life.

Wen-Do Women’s Self-Defence 2 Hour Workshop

Similar to the lunch hour workshop, the 2 hour Wen-Do workshop expands on the importance of using our voice, body weapons, kicks, blocks, and a range of releases, and will break down stereotypes about violence against women.

Healthy Relationships Fair

Drop by and chat with Sexual Violence Response Coordinator Amanda Cook, the Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education Centre (SHORE) [external link], the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) [external link], and the AIDS Committee Of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo & Area (ACCKWA) [external link]. Treats and crafts will be provided!

The fair will take place on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Life Centre (SLC) Great Hall.

Upstander Training

Upstander Training aims to develop a culture of looking out for one another on campus. The purpose of this program is two-fold: to teach Upstander skills applicable to any situation wherein someone might be at risk of harm, and to engage participants in discussions about consent, sexual assault and rape culture.

This session will take place on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 2:45 to 4 p.m. in Hagey Hall room 1102. Be sure to register online if you are interested in participating.