Community leadership and action project symposium report
Community Leadership and Action Project 2008-2011Immigrant and Refugee Women Program, Springtide Resources
What is CLAP?• The Community Leadership and Action Project is three- year project funded by the Status of Women Canada in the Immigrant and Refugee Women Program• CLAP is aimed to build community capacity to implement a range of culturally and linguistically appropriate responses to violence against women.• Through this project, participants will be encouraged to develop innovative ways of addressing violence with the goal of creating community sustainability.
What is the issue?• While increasing understanding and awareness of violence against newcomer, immigrant and refugee women is important, the need to move beyond education to active community participation has been identified by a range of stakeholders.• CLAP is built and based on women’s integral involvement and participation. Emerging and existing leaders from various communities will be identified
• We worked with 7 amazing women who self- identified as newcomer, immigrant or refugee women to become Community Leaders (CL).• Each CL identified a community that they identified with, whether that is cultural, geographical, linguistic, religious, or age group. They developed a community-based project that addressed violence against women in their communities.
Activities: Year 1• Outreach• Information sessions for interested participants• Interviews• Recruitment
Year 1• Identified how the issue of violence against women affects their communities• Identified needs and gaps in services, resources, and information delivery
Year 1• Identified key partners in the community (health centres, community centres, churches, etc..)• Developed a community-based project that addresses violence against women in their communities
Year 1• The 7 Community Leaders were gathered in focus groups to determine the areas they wanted training on• This process allowed us to identify the needs of the group, as well as their skills and strengths• The training responded to the needs identified by the CLs
Activities: Year 2• Community Leaders received training on Anti-Oppression Violence Against Women Facilitation Community Development Working with Groups Workshop Development Resource Building
Year 2• Research on what is currently being done in the community• Who will be the participants in their projects• Projects were revised and finalized• CLs were supported in attending additional training and learning opportunities from the community
Year 2• Contacted potential partners and made connections for space, resources, potential participants• Conducted focus groups in their communities to identify specific needs (in Spanish, Bengali, and English)
Activities: Year 3• Workshop planning and resource development (translation, etc)• Arranging logistics (accessible space, on-site childcare, kitchens, food, etc)• Project delivery (facilitation, arranging guest speakers, etc)
Year 3• Individual project Evaluations• Identify potential new partnerships• Research on next steps/next phase• Individual reporting• Overall project evaluation
CLAP: The Model Innovative Highlights• Developed new community partnerships• Increased understanding of different immigrant communities• Created culturally and linguistically appropriate resources for the community• Developed approaches on how to talk about violence against women
CLAP: The Model Innovative Highlights• Redefined leadership and skill building• Used a ground-up approach to community development• Created opportunities for continuity and information sharing• Achieved trust-building and stronger community partnerships
CLAP: The Model Innovative Highlights• Provided an opportunity to integrate anti- violence against women work in different sectors, such as in housing, food security, settlement, religion, youth, etc• Recognizes different communities have different needs• Worked directly with those impacted by violence• Allowed for new and innovative collaborations
CLAP: The Model Additional Strengths• Easily adaptable to different sectors• Redefines the term ‘volunteer’• Flexible and responds to different strengths of participants• Truly community-based and community- focused
Acknowledgments Thank you to all the community partners who supported the Community Leaders in their projects.Thank you to Status of Women Canada forfunding this amazing and innovative project for Springtide Resources.