The UN advocates for the end of gender-based violence against women and girls with a campaign that goes from November 25th to December 10th. Check out the website above for more.
Here in Lethbridge, the YWCA Lethbridge & District does great work with this campaign. Here is their website where you can get more information on how to get involved here in this city:
No matter where you live in the world, there is always something you can do to make change towards deconstructing attitudes and beliefs or behaviours that perpetuate gender- based violence towards women and girls. Even reading more about the topic and getting informed is a great place to start.
This year's campaign theme is:
"Leave no one behind: end violence against women and girls".
For me, when I hear this theme, I reflect on the statistics of homicides against women. Every day, 6 women in Canada are killed by their current or former intimate partners. EVERY DAY. Disproportionately, women of colour are more likely to be murdered, and in Canada, it is our indigenous women at disproportionate numbers. I reflect on the years I worked as a crisis counsellor at my local women's emergency shelter and how during that time and ever since, the rates of violence across our country against women and girls are increasing in frequency and severity in nature. What does that tell us?
It tells us there is much more for us to learn, understand and do on individual and family levels, school systems, communities, provincial and federal governmental levels and within our justice system to support the safety and inclusion of women and girls in society.
Get informed, get involved. It is up to each and every one of us every day to make a difference. Our wives, daughters, aunts, nieces, mothers, grandmothers, loved ones and friends are depending on our interest and engagement.