Ottawa's First Gender Studies High School Class Works With Jer's Vision to Learn About Gender Rights on Trans Day of Remembrance

On Wednesday November 20th, 2013, the Trans Day of Remembrance, and during Woman Abuse Prevention Month, Jer’s Vision and Bell High School held a Dare to Stand Out Gender Rights Event for Shannon Mills’ Gender Studies class. The morning half took place at the Albert Street Education Centre where students began the day with a slam poem on gender identity and then interacted with a panel of 4 women who described local and international women’s issues, such as racism, local women’s shelters, international reproductive and sexual rights campaigns with Amnesty International, trans women’s issues, and rape crisis centres. Afterwards, MP Niki Ashton and her parliamentary secretary Jen Prosser discussed the importance of women in politics and becoming active in your community. The day ended with a visit to Parliament Hill and attending Question Period, where cyberbullying was one of the issues discussed. With the success of this year’s event, there has been discussion to open it up to more schools for the next year.