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WOTM at Big on Bloor!

The outreach team and volunteers had a busy and productive two days tabling at Big on Bloor the weekend of July 19th and 20th.

We spoke to community members at the event about the work that The Redwood does, including our amazing Women on the Move program. People were excited to learn about this powerful program and many expressed interest in our program materials (the Program Manual and the Documentary Discussion Guide) to use in their communities and in the work that they do with them.

We loved the opportunity to share what we do with the community at Big on Bloor and we’re looking forward to next year!

Please click below to view a selection of photos from the event.

The Redwood WOTM group of 2014!

We are so excited that The Redwood started its 5th year of the WOTM leadership group on April 26th, 2014. There was more interest from community members and partners than any year previously! We interviewed over 16 applicants, those that weren’t able to join the group expressed interest in becoming a Redwood volunteer.

The current Women on the Move group consists of 13 women who are from diverse backgrounds. Many of them have left abusive relationships and are looking to build their self-esteem, get involved in their community and make a difference in the lives of other women who have experienced violence.

We have started working our way through the curriculum and already the women are so excited about the experience. They are an extremely ambitious, amazing group who are taking full advantage of the opportunity to work together and who are so excited about setting fantastic goals for themselves. Amazingly, many of them have already fulfilled some of their goals! We could not be more excited for them to continue this year and could not be more excited for us to be able to witness their success and walk alongside them.

The WOTM Program Manual Webinar Is Coming Up!

If you haven’t already marked your calenders, our “train-the-trainer” webinar for the “Women on the Move” program manual is coming up on Tuesday, June 24th at 1:00 pm!

The webinar will take you through the important things to consider when facilitating a “Women on the Move” program for your organization or community. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about running the program.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Contact us to be added to the list of webinar participants and join us on June 24th to partake in the webinar. Visit our Host A Screening page and click “Register here” to fill out the registration form to receive the documentary, discussion guide, program manual, access to the training webinars and more!

As always, contact us if you have any questions.

See you on June 24th @ 1:00pm!

The WOTM Discussion Guide Webinar is Coming Up!

If you haven’t already marked your calenders, our “train-the-trainer” webinar for the “Women on the Move” documentary film and discussion guide is coming up on Tuesday, June 17th at 1:00 pm!

The webinar will take you through the important things to consider when facilitating a “Women on the Move” film screening for your organization or community. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about screening the film and leading the follow-up discussion.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Contact us to be added to the list of webinar participants and join us on June 17th to partake in the webinar. Visit our Host A Screening page and click “Register here” to fill out the registration form to receive the documentary, discussion guide, program manual, access to the training webinars and more!

If you are interested in developing a program like the Women on the Move leadership program join us on Tuesday June 24th, 2014 @ 1:00pm to learn how you can implement this program in your organization. Registration is now open for this webinar.

As always, contact us if you have any questions.

See you on June 17th @ 1:00pm!

Reconnecting With All Our Sisters

The All Our Sisters Conference gave us the opportunity to share information and develop strategies to support women experiencing poverty, homelessness, addiction, violence and other barriers. We’re hoping to continue this work by hosting two “train the trainer” webinars to discuss our Women on the Move Leadership Program and our documentary Discussion Guide. Women on the Move is a leadership program for women and young women who want to develop their leadership capacity while learning how to raise awareness about violence in their community. During the conference we distributed a copy of the Women on the Move documentary and we’re hoping you’ve all had a chance to watch it again.

All Our Sisters
All Our Sisters

We’re pleased to see that a number of community members are interested in joining our upcoming webinars on June 17th & 24th, 2014 @ 1:00pm.

On June 17th, 2014 @ 1:00pm we will be launching the discussion guide which accompanies our film Women on the Move. The discussion guide outlines questions exploring why women don’t leave violent relationships, strategies for developing leadership skills and the impact of society and community organizations on women experiencing violence.

On June 24th, 2014 @ 1:00pm we will continue our discussion by reviewing the Women on the Move Program Manual. We will discuss our recruitment strategies, the workshops outlined in the manual, the importance of participant engagement and community engagement as a way of building the participants’ leadership capacity.

How to Join the Webinar

By now you would’ve received an email outlining the date and time of the webinar, the Women on the Move Discussion Guide and the Go to Meeting link for the webinar. The Go to Meeting link is your key to participating in the webinar on June 17th, 2014. You can participate online or by phone.

If you haven’t received an email and want to be a part of the discussion please email genevievew@theredwood.com to confirm your attendance.

The Power of Storytelling

Thank you to everyone who attended the showing of the Women on the Move documentary at the All My Sister’s Conference on May 12th, 13th & 14th, 2014. The discussions we had brought about some critical insights on how women are engaged. One thing that stood out from our discussion was the idea of the service user as the expert. At The Redwood we strive to incorporate an anti-oppressive approach in all aspects of programming. This is especially true when looking at the role Women on the Move participants play.

We at The Redwood understand how difficult it can be for women once they leave an abusive situation. Women have reported feeling disempowered and isolated. Through this program women have the opportunity to create new relationships and connect with diverse groups of women and youth. They’re able to share their experiences in real and tangible ways, which inspires women to break the silence about gender-based violence. The public engagements done by Women on the Move participants has allowed women in the community to feel comfortable when speaking with The Redwood staff about the violence they’re experiencing.

For many women this is the first step to getting help. We’d like to support other community organizations with replicating the Women on the Move program in their own organizations. Please view our website www.wotm.ca to gain access to our free documentary, discussion guide and program booklet.

Storytelling for Social Change

It’s often challenging to truly grasp the impact of gender based violence, especially if you haven’t experienced it first-hand. Gender based violence impacts the lives of women psychologically, physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially and economically. The Women on the Move Leadership Program has given women the opportunity to share their stories with others as a way of demystifying the impact violence can have on women and their children.

If you had an opportunity to attend the All My Sister’s Conference on May 12th & 13th, 2014 you may have seen the Women on the Move documentary, which featured three women on their journey of self-discovery. Throughout this film you noticed how these women shared their story with community members. These women were eager to share their stories as a way of breaking down the stereotypes associated with violence.