A look back at the Feminist Perspectives on Police Profiling and Discrimination project
In February 2022, TGFM began the Feminist Perspectives on Police Profiling and Discrimination project. This project also seeks to learn about the relationship between women and the police, private security and the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). In the beginning, a steering committee was formed. This committee is composed of several organizations, both members and non-members of the TGFM. They are specialists in the conditions of women in their diversity of experience and are anchored in the territories of the island that are particularly targeted by police profiling and violence.
This committee began by documenting and defining the methodology to take a quantitative and qualitative approach. First, a survey was developed, translated into several languages and shared in various ways in order to reach a wide range of women. We are very pleased to see that over 500 responses were collected!
In parallel, based on existing literature, focus groups were conducted with groups of women most affected by discrimination and violence by police forces. Thanks to the collaboration with various partners, we held 4 focus groups with 7 to 10 people. These meetings completed the quantitative approach of the survey and constituted a space for testimony, but also and especially for collective reflection. The objective was also to include the opinions and perceptions of women who are particularly targeted by the police in the questions shared by the project committee. Over the past few months, extensive data has been compiled and is still being analyzed.
On the morning of May 31, 2023, the results of this project will be presented to our entire membership. Be sure to add this date to your calendar. Also, in the afternoon we will have our annual general meeting.