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Declarations of Truth: Creating An Alternative Justice Model for Survivors of Gender-Based Sexual Violence: The Transformative Accountability & Justice Pathway to Healing
This resource spotlight will focus on the findings from comprehensive research conducted by WomenatthecentrE, in collaboration with Women's Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County. Our work included one-on-one interviews and focus group conversations with survivors of gender-based sexual violence (GBSV) in a rural and urban setting, monitoring sexual assault trials and auditing decisions on the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website. We confirmed that the current criminal legal system is failing to adequately address GBSV, and created an alternative model that speaks to the needs of survivors. Our new framework is also adapted from the Transformative Justice model developed primarily by Black and Trans women activists in the United State, and seeks to wrap the parties with support and compassion, while holding space for the aggressor to take accountability and understand the harm they have caused.

Participants will get:

• A snapshot of the criminal legal system's response to GBSV - some demographic information on key players and outcomes of trials
• An understanding of what justice means to survivors of GBSV
• An overview of the key components of our new Transformative Accountability & Justice framework

Oct 8, 2020 01:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

NNEKA MACGREGOR
Co-founder and Executive Director @WomenatthecentrE
Nneka MacGregor is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Centre for Social Justice, better known as WomenatthecentrE, a unique non-profit organisation created by and for women and trans survivors of gender-based violence globally. She is also co-host of the engaging podcast – ‘What’s Your Safe Word?’ Nneka is an advocate who works with governments, organizations and individuals to transform lives and build violence-free communities. In 2006, she was selected by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario as one of 13 experts tasked to review the range of services provided to women and children in the province, identify gaps and make recommendations. In June, 2016, she was appointed by the Canadian government to the Advisory Council on the Federal Strategy Against Gender-Based Violence. An international speaker and trainer, she has developed and facilitated training to various sectors, and was one of the 12 Canadian women delegates appointed to the UNCSW63. Full bio on website