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2110 Centre radio project aims to teach about gender-based violence

by The Concordian December 6, 2011
The 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy is taking the next step in its mandate of promoting equality and empowerment by continuing its Blue Print Project.
The initiative, which began on Oct. 11 and will continue until April 17, is a collaborative effort between CKUT Radio and the 2110 Centre with the goal of raising awareness about various gender-based violence issues affecting women from different backgrounds.
“It is our goal to create a sustainable structure for a radio show that will be hosted and produced by young girls and women of various ages, backgrounds and experiences who have participated in the Blue Print Project,” said Bianca Mugyenyi, the programming and campaigns coordinator.
In addition to the guest speakers, there are weekly workshops which alternate between teaching radio skills and technical training as well as exploring various gender-based issues.
On Tuesday, Dec. 6,  a member of Montreal sex workers rights organization Stella will host a workshop in coordination with the Blue Print Project which, according to the centre’s website, will deal with “systemic violence and discrimination and the effects of laws and policing on sex workers in Montreal.”
The centre is also a haven for those interested in these issues and who wish to volunteer.
“People often come to the centre to attend events, check out the books in our library, access confidential peer-to-peer support and find community,” said Mugyenyi. “People are often interested in volunteering, and there are a number of ways of getting involved. We have campaigns that are always in need of more volunteers, we have a peer-to-peer support program that also centres on volunteers.”
The goal is to educate and help as many people as possible with regards to gender issues. One of the ways that the centre does so is by opening its doors to housing events.
The centre acquired a new space on 1500 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West to host events, meetings, gatherings and to deal with campaigns such as their ongoing campaign to create a sexual assault centre at Concordia.
“Having two spaces allows all aspects of the centre to flourish and ensures peer support appointments are confidential,” said Mugyenyi.

“Sex Work and Gendered Violence,” a presentation by Stella, takes place Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at 1500 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, suite 404.

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