Social Welfare Policy Conference Paper
"Implications of the Shrinking Space for Feminist Antiviolence Advocacy" was presented by Mandy Bonisteel and Linda Green
during a roundtable forum at the 12th biennial Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference June 16, 2005, in Fredericton, N.B.
A copy of the paper can be downloaded using the link at right.
A number of regulatory restrictions, including Canada's restrictive interpretation of charitable activities, blurred boundaries in public and private funding, and rising credentialism, are deterring feminist organizations from their important role in advancing structural change. A manifestation of increased corporate control of governance has been the discouragement of feminist antiviolence workers from participating in public policy discussions. The relegation of advocacy to an ancillary role and the branding of advocacy work as subversive has produced funding conditions and threats to funding consistent with the antifeminist backlash that has marked Canadian social and economic policy throughout the past decade. An anti-oppression framework informs this discussion of the de-politicization of women's equality seeking groups resulting from the imposition of a service delivery (vs advocacy) model, changes in anti-violence worker qualifications, and a shift towards program outcomes for VAW work that pathologize the reactions of women who have experienced violence.
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