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Summer Workshop: Trauma and Violence Informed Programming

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In June 2022, Julia and Tayler, research team members from York University, facilitated a workshop on trauma - and violence - informed practice and programming. Julia and Tayler explored the current research on trauma - and violence - informed approaches, namely, how to create safer spaces for folks who are vulnerable to trauma and violence, which are often products of systemic inequality. Applying a trauma- and violence- informed approach to BFD is one helpful way to improve equity and access to bicycling.

After the presentation, breakout rooms were formed for introductions and to discuss how folks are addressing access to bicycling within their organizations. Discussion points were then shared with the full group. Some important discussion points came up:

  1. Gender dynamics continue to impact access to bicycles and BFD programming. In Uganda for example, women are often expected to take on household responsibilities, which can act as a barrier to bicycle access. At the same time, a BFD organization in Uganda has shown that women are using bicycles for their livelihood, and bicycling can help promote healing from trauma.

  2. There is a need to mobilize evidence and research about access to BFD to influence policymakers and reach key stakeholders. Since this research often sits in academic journals, we need to consider how we can discuss and share about the importance of bicycles with stakeholders such as funders, practitioners, and communities.

  3. Using visual means (such as photos and digital stories) can help BFD participants share their experiences and even promote fundraising for BFD organizations.

Access the full workshop here.

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