Roots and Resistance

This Webinar was presented and recorded in May 2018.
Presented by: Yamikani Msosa.

Mainstream conversations around #Metoo have seldom addressed the realities of black survivors of sexual violence within the Canadian context. However, Black feminist activists, frontline workers and academics such as Llana James, Notisha Massaquoi and others within Canada have been exploring these issues. While it is important to acknowledge that the black community is not a monolith, there are experiences shared between Black communities.

Roots and Resistance explores in depth conversations about the connections between sexual violence, state violence, and healing from collective and individual sexual abuse and trauma for Black survivors.

This Webinar discusses the following:

  1. What are the historical connections between anti-Black racism and sexual violence?
  2. What are some of the challenges faced by Black survivors of sexual violence?
  3. Contemporary examples of frontline work addressing the needs of Black survivors of sexual violence.


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Yamikani Msosa is a grassroots feminist anti-violence advocate and support worker. In September 2017, she joined the Ryerson University Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education as a Specialist. Originally from Ottawa by way of Lilongwe, Malawi. She completed her Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies at Carleton and was employed at the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa as the Public Education Coordinator for eight years. Yamikani has been widely interviewed across Canada, including interviews in Macleans Magazine, The Walrus, Chatelaine Magazine, Now Toronto, and CBC National news.

Her feminist activism started at the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence against Women. She has also worked with Immigrant Women Services of Ottawa. Yami currently sits on the Advisory Council for MATCH International Global Fund for Women & Youth Advisory for the Equality Project at Ottawa University Law Department where she is researching Intersectionality & Bystander Intervention on Campus Universities across Canada.