What is BWWAD?
Black Women and Women of African Descent Gathering started in 2003, to provide support for women of African descent who were pursuing or thinking about pursuing graduate studies at OISE University of Toronto and other area universities. It has since grown to be an autonomous group for African/Black women.
“Alone we survive, Together we thrive”
The BWWAD gathering was started due to the lack of inclusion and integration into mainstream educational system and as a place where Women of African descent could get to know each other and share information and knowledge about various aspects of their academic and professional endeavors. This space of resistance was needed to combat the very real experience of racism, sexism, colonialism and other oppressions experienced by African women at the university and throughout our varied communities.
Who is it for?
Black women and women of African descent who want to support each other in seeking educational attainment in various communities including school, work, social, and political environments. Black/African women refer to any women of African ancestry.
BWWAD’s Inclusionary, Revolutionary Vision:
BWWAD is dedicated in providing a space for all Women of African descent.
An anti-oppression approach is taken in all aspects of the Gathering, which includes African/Black women from various class backgrounds, sexual orientations, religion/spirituality, ability/ (dis) ability, age, language, educational, and community affiliations. We are committed to ongoing critical engagement and interaction with learning and unlearning ‘oppressions’ in order to strengthen a collective stance that supports emancipatory and social justice for all Black/African women.
Specifically, we are committed to an anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-classist, anti-
heterosexist, anti-ablest, anti-ageist, and political and social praxis.
Roberta has worked as a consultant for the past X years. Some of her areas of specialization include women abuse; child, youth, and adult violence; intersectional identities, critical expressive arts, multiple oppressions, transgenerational trauma, and resilience/resistance work.

Roberta is Co-Director of Continuing Healing Consultants and has engaged in anti-oppression consulting in the Toronto and global communities since 1997. She is also co-founder and trainer of Anti-Oppression Psychotherapy™.

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