asked questions like "How
did it feel to be off heroin for two whole days? How did you do that? How did
you spend your time? Did you know you could do
that?" This processing seemed to have many positive impacts on the way women
framed their harm reduction experiments and their picture of themselves. We
also celebrated women's announcements about abstinence. For instance, one woman
told us it was her 10th anniversary of being off heroin and her 3rd month of
being off crack. She had been coming to the Learning Centre since it started
but none of us
knew this. This information made her a valuable resource and role model for
||What skills do women in the sex trade want to learn?
Over the two
years of the research project, this question lead us to many places.
When women first come to the Learning Centre, they may or may not tell us
what they want to learn. When women arrive with a clearly stated need,
it is usually:
want to learn how to type
do you use a computer?
have to fill this out for my worker
want to get my GED
you have any information on diabetes?
need paper to make a poster for this event
you have any books to read?
want to apply for disability
women come for immediate help, it is usually a functional literacy
need. It is only through participation and a slow conversation
that the potential of the
Learning Centre becomes clear to an individual woman. Then we may hear about