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Alma Mater Society committees organize Kingston SlutWalk

March 05, 2012

KINGSTON, ON – The Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP) and Education on Gender Issues (EGI) committee will host a SlutWalk in collaboration with the Women’s Empowerment Committee of the Arts & Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS). EQuIP and EGI are both committees under the Social Issues Commission (SIC) of the Alma Mater Society (AMS). This event will be held on March 9th at 6pm in City Park.

“The purpose of a SlutWalk is multi-faceted: it’s meant to take back the word “slut” and take a stand against victim-blaming and slut-shaming,” says Jessica Sinclair, Chair of EQuIP. “It is also being organized to incite meaningful dialogue surrounding issues of sexual assault and harassment.”

The first SlutWalk occurred in Toronto in April 2011 in response to controversial statements made by a Toronto Police Officer during a safety forum at York University, and has since become a global protest movement.

People of all gender expressions and sexual orientations are welcome to take part, as the walk is about making “ a unified statement about sexual assault and victims’ rights, and a demand for respect for all,” says Sinclair.

CONTACT:
Please direct all media inquiries to Amanda Judd, AMS Communications Officer, at
comm@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

 

BACKGROUNDER
Alma Mater Society (AMS) -
http://www.myAMS.orgThe central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.

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