In our two years of operation, we have witnessed the power of community when it comes to providing women with the tools, assistance, and courage needed to change their circumstances. The often-overlooked issue of violence against women is a circumstance that no woman should endure - especially alone,
Today, November 25th, is recognized as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women as part of Woman Abuse Prevention Month. During the month of November, the people across the globe raise awareness for every woman’s fundamental right to live in safety and security. The global community is invited to show abused women that they are loved and supported in their hardship.
As a way to show that support on a local level, Wrapped in Courage is a wonderful initiative spearheaded by the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH). The Wrapped in Courage Campaign invites both men and women to buy a purple scarf to symbolize the courage it takes for a woman to leave her abuser, and the strength it takes for a community to support her.
This initiative is very close to our hearts and we are so thrilled to be able to share it with you. It is a tough subject but the fact that Aboriginal women are more than twice as likely to experience violence, and the almost 1200 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, make it impossible to ignore the reality of violent crimes in our own backyard.
By wearing a purple scarf, the colour of Woman Abuse Prevention Month, we can raise awareness to end violence against women together. Wrapped in Courage scarves are available for purchase at the Faye Peterson House in Thunder Bay, give them a call at (807) 345-0450.
PS: Today is also the first day of the 16 Days of Action, running from November 25th (International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women) to December 10th (Human Rights Day). These 16 days highlight the link between violence against women and human rights - as many women and girls are subjected to human rights violations simply because they are female.
Check out our Facebook page for updates during these 16 Days of Action, and wear your purple scarf to show your support.
We all have a role to play. Let’s end violence against women.