Future without Gender-based Violence: Building Newcomers' Resilience through Community Education.

February 14, 2019 - 10:00am
Online Event: 


OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants is pleased to announce our new facilitated e-learning pilot training: Future without Gender-based Violence: Building Newcomers' Resilience through Community Education.

Purpose of Course

The purpose of this FREE beginner-level course is to help frontline practitioners working with immigrant and refugee communities to better start community-based education campaigns and events working with racialized women experiencing gender-based violence with intersectional identities. 

Due to the increased vulnerability of newcomer women who have experienced gender-based violence, it is vital that they are able to receive effective, appropriate programming and supports. As settlement practitioners are one of the first points of contact newcomer women have with Canadian social services, these individuals need to be trained to recognize sexual violence, acknowledge rape myths, and provide safe spaces for disclosure and make appropriate referrals.

The Level 2 module you will be able to:

  • Describe principles and values of community-based education
  • Understand why community-based education can be a powerful model for addressing gender-based violence
  • Reflect on examples of best practices in existing community-based educational efforts will further enhance the knowledge of participants by exploring the issue of gender-based violence from an anti-oppression framework to support the needs of women experiencing gender-based violence.

This course, which is a 3 week online facilitated pilot training will give promising practices from our new tool-kit on community-based education within the immigrant and refugee community.

Upon completion, of course, you will be able to:

  • Be familiar with community education and how it can address gender-based violence in immigrant and refugee communities
  • Practical aspects of holding your own events
  • The toolkit contains a list of questions to ask yourself and your partners as you prepare for events and workshops. This module is designed to help you understand the key elements of successful events, assess your own readiness for holding workshops and programs, apply the principles of community-based education as you plan, anticipate and prepare for any potential issues, and use evaluations to help you improve future programming to better meet participants’ needs.

Criteria for Participation:

This course is open to settlement workers and service providers who are working with immigrant and refugee women from across the province who are willing to:

  • Commit to approximately 2-4 hours of learning each week for the period of 3 weeks
  • Engage in active participation and complete assignments each week
  • Complete the entire program  

At the successful completion of the entire e-course, you will receive a certification of completion from OCASI.

Please note this is a 3 session facilitated pilot Online training

You will receive instructions on how to access the course materials 2 days prior to the beginning of each course.  

There is not a “LIVE” component to the training and you are expected to review each week’s course materials at your own time and complete the work on a weekly basis.  While you can access each module at your convenience during each week for the course, they will be available as follows:

  • Module 1: Thursday, February 14th, 2019
  • Module 2: Thursday, February 21st, 2019
  • Module 3: Thursday, February 28th, 2019

The course will be completed on March 1st, 2019

To register for the course please click here

If you have any questions regarding the training, please email Chenthoori Malankov at cmalankov@ocasi.org 

OCASI’s “A Future without Gender-based Violence: Building Newcomers' Resilience through Community Education ” online training series is a part of our Prevention of Sexual Violence and Harassment Project graciously funded by the Ontario Government through the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.