Herizon House, among many other organizations, works to recognize multiple key dates throughout the year associated with awareness of domestic violence and its individual and societal effects. The following is a brief summary of some important dates and related events:
1) Febrary 14: One Billion Rising for Justice
One Billion Rising for Justice is a global initiative in which survivors of violence and their supporters gather in public spaces where women should feel safe but often do not. Survivors are always encouraged to share their stories in various ways, including the arts. The One Billion Rising for Justice website can be found here.
2) March 8: UN International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is recognized year after year as a time to appreciate progress in the rights of women today, call for still-needed change, and celebrate daily acts of courage by women in the community. Themes of the event have in the past included such topics as gender equality, empowerment of women, and the fight against poverty. You can find more information on the event at the International Women’s Day website here.
3) October 11: Day of the Girl
The Day of the Girl encourages a continued focus on gender equality and allows for reflection on societal accomplishments as well as what steps remain undone. Day of the Girl is not just a day, but a movement. Check out the Day of the Girl website here.
4) November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was chosen to commemorate the lives of the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic who were violently assassinated in 1960. The day pays tribute to them, as well as urging global recognition of gender violence. It also marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, ending on December 10 – International Human Rights Day. The Government of Canada website provides more information on the event here.
5) December 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women pays tribute to the 14 women who were singled out and murdered in the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique massacre. Every year Canadians are encouraged to observe a minute of silence and wear a white or purple ribbon. More information can be found here.
This list of important dates and events is merely a sampling of the outreach initiatives supported by Herizon House and its surrounding community. Statistics Canada explains how on average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner – this fact is proof enough that continued participation in these outreach events and days of memory are necessary to reaching our ultimate goal of diminishing domestic violence in the community.
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