Workshop Notes: Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women’s Resilience

22365445_924616858576_1573257027776351452_nParkdale Community and Legal Services hosted a workshop that focuses on the experiences of immigrant women when it comes to their immigration status in Canada, as well as introducing a graphic novel written by immigrant women to support immigrant women when it comes to violence against women.
 Here are several highlights from the workshop:

What are the potential implications for women to leave their situations after violent incidents in the home?

She can apply to Permanent Residence status based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. She can also make a refugee claim. But she can’t make PR and refugee claim at the same time.

Humanitarian Compassionate Applications

They’re made from Canada.

H&C can take into account:

  • Domestic violence
  • Best interest of the child
  • Establishment in Canada
  • Hardships in the country of origin

There are barriers to talk about violence in our community. There’s a secrecy, a shaming, a blaming.¬†

The rest of the workshop focused on introducing the graphic novel: “Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women’s Resilience”. We read the 4 stories and talked about the violent situations the characters went through, their feelings, and the support they had. If you’d like to access and download the novel to read and share it with someone who you think it might help, you can download it here.

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