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Across Canada there are over 600,000 cases of reported sexual violence, sadly our workplaces and organizations are the spaces where this violence and harassment often happens and is often ignored.
Creating Safer Spaces begins with education and training, a small investment for a huge impact.
Invest in Safety. Invest in us.
The Dandelion Initiative's Safer Bars and Safer Spaces program was created by knowledgeable hospitality industry professionals and survivors. This training is intended as a 101 for spaces, organizations and businesses to learn how to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and violence in the workplace.
We provide each participants with a manual and a unique, engaging and safe environment to learn. Operators will be provided with policy recommendations and listing on our safer spaces registry for FREE.
Look through our info book for more details!
Check out the spaces that have completed our training!
We work with your schedule
We train at your space, or provide one for you. Sessions are 3.5 hours in length.
$35 a person
If you have a team of under 5 people there is a flat fee of $300. This training is free for Indigenous groups.
We have built this training to be flexible if you need large group sessions please email us as well.
On March 6, 2015, the Government of Ontario announced "It's Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, with this came the changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Bill 132. This bill requires ALL employers to have an anti-harassment and sexual violence policy.
What are the top risk factors for sexual violence in the workplace?
Lack of institutional support for victims/survivors
Lack of employment opportunities
Adherence to traditional gender role norms in the workplace
Weak sanctions against sexual violence perpetrators
Weak policies related to sexual violence and gender equity
Employers have a critical role in ensuring their are policies and practices to prevent and respond to sexual assault and harassment.
Creating safer spaces means there is zero tolerance for harassment and violence in the workplace and requires employees and employers to work together on prevention and resolution.
This process is not about policing spaces or restricting your practices its about safety and accountability, ensuring that you are decreasing your liability and the harm to those who work for you.
Please email us for a free 15 minute consultation! We also provide policy consultation for national organizations and businesses.
If Walls Could Talk: A workshop on transforming your environment
Understanding how our environment and space contributes or decreases risk factors for harassment and violence is crucial. Using our environment to signal to patrons what is acceptable and what is discouraged, mitigating harm and creating a space where ALL people can have a good time out. We will explore a variety of evidence based tools and techniques to utilize our environment to do some work for us and our teams, with little resources and investment we can make a huge impact transforming our workplace culture through our environment. Handouts provided.
Anti-Harassment Lead Training
What do you say when a staff or community member disclosures you they have been sexually assaulted or harassed? How do you know what is best for the survivor and for your space? This class will help people understand the impacts of sexual violence and harassment and build their personal skills to support survivors during or after they have disclosed harm. This is a great class for spaces, groups and for people appointed as their workplace anti-harassment office or lead.
We wrap up this workshop survivor supports and community resources that will help us understand and believe survivors. Handouts are provided with this workshop.
Bystander Intervention tools + techniques
This is an interactive and tool based workshop that will help people develop their skills in intervening and de-escalating potential harmful situations. We will help you evaluate risks and make safer and more accessible choices while helping you get from a bystander to an empowered bystander that can mitigate harm and use a variety of techniques to ensure equity and dignity when approaching diverse groups and needs. This workshop comes with a workbook and resources.
Inclusive Spaces 101
Creating safer spaces begins with making them more inclusive for our patrons and staff. Often the intention behind creating more inclusive spaces focuses on diversity and the foundation rather than inclusion and equity. We will explore a variety of industry specific tools to help you develop more inclusive spaces and teams. We use an integrated approach and walk you through the first 10 steps to inclusive practices that empower teams and unify communities.
Anti-Oppression + Unconscious Bias
This workshop teaches the fundamentals of anti-oppressive practices and helps us explore and understand how unconscious bias can create toxic work environments and spaces. We will work to dismantle and unlearn unhealthy behaviors and beliefs through self reflection practices, group discussion and team building exercises. This workshop will provide groups an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to create inclusive spaces.
Allyship: Men in the Industry
This workshop is developed from a restorative justice framework that everyone has the capacity to harm and be harmed. We use education and empathy based tools to explore the role of men in preventing and responding to sexual harassment and violence. We will work from a variety of survivor centric tools and actions that men can incorporate into their daily lives and workplace culture. This workshop is intended to build allyship skills to empower men in creating safer spaces and preventing harmful behaviours. This workshop comes with a handout.
Consent: What we were never taught
96% of Canadians think that sexual activity should be consensual, however only 28% of Canadians know what consent looks like. Consent education has been overlooked as a crucial component to ending gender based/sexual violence. When we understand how to set boundaries, respect and actively listen to one another and practice enthusiastic consent, we are creating cultures of consent that offer safer opportunities and experiences for all people. Handouts are provided with this workshop.