Immigrant Women's Experiences & Responses to Intimate Partner Violence Webinar - Oct 30th

Posted in Immigration News

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 11:00am - 12:15pm (CST)

 Thiswebinar aims to: 

  • discuss the immigrant women’s experiences of intimate partner violence post-migration and the numerous ways in which they are shaped by immigration policies in Canada;

  • recognize the ways in which a cultural lens is being used to rationalize and make structural determinants of such violence invisible;

  • collectively find ways to challenge the culturally essentialist framing of immigrant communities’ issues in public and policy venues.

To Register: 


Presented by:

  • Vathsala Illesinghe (MD, PhD Policy Studies student, Ryerson University)
  • Fazia Mohammed (Community Programs Manager, Interval House & a community member with lived experiences of IPV)

Further description:
When immigrant women in Canada experience violence in their intimate relationships, they must also bear a cultural burden because it is framed as a form of violence experienced differently by racialized communities. A framing that hides the systemic inequalities and gender power imbalances re-created and reinforced by immigration policies. As a result, rendering invisible the ways in which government policies systematically place some population groups at risk, increase women’s vulnerability to abuse, and fail to provide services and supports to them.

Understanding immigrant women’s experiences and responses to intimate partner violence post-migration must be embedded in the structures that constrain their role and participation in migration pathways and processes. This Webinar aims to make that link.