Humber College Students Envisioning Ways to End Violence Against Women

We want to hear your thoughts on violence against women.

The Redwood community outreach team visited Humber College to complete a workshop on WOTM and gender based violence. In this workshop, the WOTM documentary was shown, and we touched on topics such self-perception, leadership and the impacts of community based organizations on women experiencing violence. We also had a special guest speaker, current WOTM member Alma, who spoke about her personal journey.

Now it’s your turn!

As future social workers, how will you use what you learned in today’s workshop to support women in your upcoming careers?

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5 thoughts on “Humber College Students Envisioning Ways to End Violence Against Women”

  1. As a future social worker, I will utilize the concepts of acceptance (act therapy) and empowerment when working to support women. I feel like the most important step in therapy or when working with any individual is acceptance. Rather than working with a client to change their behaviour and thought process, it’s better to encourage them to accept what has already been done and how they can learn/grow from their experience rather than just sit there and dwell on it. By doing that, they will be able to feel more capable and strong in their situation rather than spending time trying to change what has already been done. If they don’t, they’ll be stuck in the past and have the same mental ruts. By empowering women, us as therapist are giving the client the opportunity to take control and authority over their own life. They’re able to create a plan for their own goals, what they want in life, and what they hope to achieve. No one wants to feel like someone else is running their life or that they have to depend on someone to get better, therefore, empowering women is the best skill to use. This will help women to self actualize and realize their full potential and then work towards their full potential. As a future social worker, I will ALWAYS utilize these concepts, as I feel they are the most important. I want to help my client by being there for them but allowing them to take full control.

    1. Thanks for your feedback Deanna. Your analysis and perspective on how to support women will support her in accomplishing her goals.

  2. During this very informational presentation, I learned so much about the work that the Women on the Move program, as well as what the Redwood Shelter do. I think one of the main take-home messages was that the support of other people is crucial to these women in healing from their experiences of domestic violence. I learned that women must also be empowered before they are able to make great strides in changing their life circumstances. Moreover, it must not be the social workers who are empowering the women, but rather it must be the victims of domestic violence who empower themselves through the program and other supports.
    Listening to Alma speak about her personal experience with domestic violence was very inspiring and gave more insight into what the Women on the Move program does. She also taught us that until self-perception is positively altered, changing negative life circumstances will be very difficult. She was also very inspiring about her experience with gaining leadership skills, which I also learned is one of the main skills taught in the program.
    Overall, the presentation done by the Redwood community outreach team was very informational and it introduced so many helpful pieces of information on how to support women who have experienced or who are experiencing domestic violence.

  3. Thanks for your feedback Hayley. We’re glad to see you took back so much from our presentation. You are absolutely right, it is important for counsellors to support women with empowering themselves. As social workers we’re simply a guide who works in partnership with our clients. Ultimately, our clients have to determine what’s best for them.

  4. During the WOTM presentation, I was enlightened and engaged by the topics and ideas that the agency was advocating. It was highlighted that instilling independence and hope into individuals is a key aspect to the healing and rehabilitation of victims of violence. I learned about the inspiring first-hand memoirs of real survivors; they taught me that circumstances of domestic violence can be damaging, but it is possible to rise from the perception of hopelessness and helplessness, and emerge more resilient and empowered than ever imagined. Working with this population has always been my aspiration, and after the visit from WOTM, I now see what an enriching path this will be. I will carry forward with me a determination to empower these women and their families, and help them peruse their goals as they navigate their way back to safety and autonomy, surrounded by a community of support.

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