Women often face multiple barriers when accessing settlement and language programming. It can be difficult to find appropriate transportation, childcare, and family supports so that mothers can attend programs. Additionally, although the language classroom can be an ideal context to discuss women’s issues, these issues are seldom addressed. The instructor is a respected and trusted leader of the classroom; addressing women’s issues can validate and empower all individuals in the class to make a meaningful change. Topics such as women’s rights, sexual health, and domestic abuse can be initiated in a supportive manner that increases awareness and prevention.
Immigrant women play a unique and distinct role within the settlement and integration context. Held on March 8th, International Women’s Day, this e-symposium sought to bring awareness to the barriers women face when accessing settlement and language programming, and highlighted the need to incorporate women’s issues into language instruction and curriculum.
To watch the video from this event, click here.