Advocacy in Child CareBing Liu (Kathy)Yunfan Jiang (Fiona)Hua Chen(Ellie)Teresa SitwooKhin Than Nwe
Domestic Violence against WomenAdvocacy Statement:• We should increase the awareness of domestic violence against women and make more people “know and understand that domestic violence is not a private matter. It is a critical national problem that affects us all -- in every community, in every work place and in every school” (U.S. Department of Agriculture Safety, Health and Employee Welfare Division).
About Domestic Violence against WomenDefinition: United Nations defines violence against women as: “Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life."
About Domestic Violence against WomenPrevalence and Causes• Domestic violence against women is a serious social problem and occurred every day worldwide.Types:• Physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Emotional/verbal abuse, Financial abuse, Spiritual abuse and Criminal harassment/stalking.
About Domestic Violence against WomenNegative influence Domestic violence against women has a significant negative impact on the health, well-being, and development of women, children, their families, the community they live in and the broader society.
About Domestic Violence against WomenSome Barriers• Victims are afraid that reporting the incident would prevent them from forgetting the painful experience.• Victims feel embarrassed or ashamed. They fear of sharing such personal and traumatic information with others• Women who are at lower economic and social position worry about they lose financial support or housing after reporting.• Witnesses have weak awareness of domestic violence and neglect what they saw and what they head.
Women with disabilities• Women with disabilities usually depend on a variety of people to provide them with assistance in their everyday lives.• The more people involve in their lives, the higher risk of abuse to them.• It is very difficult for any abused woman to leave a situation of abuse for various factors.
Community Visit Scarborough Women’s Centre Delta Family Resource Centre
Scarborough Women’s CentreTheir services primarily include:• Case Management Support and Counselling• Mentor Program• Educational programs• Women with Disabilities• Leadership Development• Young Women’s Outreach: Building Strong Future
A story about a victim• This woman had been abused by her boyfriend for more than one year. One day in May, 2011, a neighbor heard her voice for help and called the police. She eventually escaped from the abusive situation.• She lives in her government housing.• She gets support by social assistance and welfare• She also gets emotional support from Myanmar community, such as Toronto Myanmar Christian Church.• She said, “Don’t upset your situation when abused by sometime. Don’t rely on that person. You must try to escape. There are many helping hands. You can build your own life and get a beautiful future with the support from government and community services. ”
Our Advocacy PlanStep by step:1. Visit some communities and choose Toronto Myanmar Christian Church (650 McNicoll Ave, Toronto, Ontario) as the location where we implement our advocacy.2. Discuss with them, get their permission and support3. Set up date and time ( 17/ 03/2012, 12pm- 2pm)
Our Advocacy Plan4. Be sure the security of environment5. Communicate with visitors, answer questions and distribute pamphlets.6. Play video which illustrate real life experience from women who suffer from domestic violence.7. Appeal to people and our ECE class for signature to demonstrate their support8. Distribute pamphlets to involve ECE class on presentation day
Our Advocacy Actions
Follow Up Plan• Collect and learn more about community agencies information (program & services, program schedule, contact information, etc.)• Continue community contact (eg. participating in community activities, working as a volunteer in Scarborough Women’s Centre)• Educate people to enhance awareness in domestic violence, self-protection awareness, gender equality, etc.
Follow Up Plan• Take advantage of our professional knowledge in ECE field to help people understand the connection between domestic violence and child development• Use social networking tools ( like message or Facebook) to spread our message, seek supporters• Provide possible assistance to women, children and their family at the event (eg. reporting suspicious abuse event, referring victims to community agencies which provide corresponding services and support, seeking shelter, help them participate in education and training program)