The National Union is encouraging its members and all Canadians to take action on February 14 to end violence against women and girls in Canada and around the world. Ottawa (13 Feb. 2013) – February 14 is being marked as a global day of action to end violence against women. In Canada it is also a day to remember missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Below is information on two February 14 campaigns:
One Billion Rising
One of the global campaigns is One Billion Rising. The campaign stresses the reality that one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. This equates to one billion women being violated. The campaign calls for an end to violence against women and for gender equality. The goal is to have one billion women and those that love them walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to violence against women and girls.
Information on One Billion Rising can be found at www.onebillionrising.org. The website provides a map showing activities around the planet. It also contains a toolkit with information on how to organize an activity, for using social media, organizing a flash mob, etc.
Women’s Memorial Marches
The Women’s Memorial March began in 1991 in response to the anger and frustration of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side community following the murder of a Coast Salish woman. The March is now an annual event which honours the lives of Indigenous women and girls who died or disappeared in Canada.
The March provides an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to come together to speak out against violence experienced by Indigenous women and to call for change.
Information on the Women’s Memorial March and how you can spread awareness or join/organize your own march can be found at http://womensmemorialmarch.wordpress.com/
The National Union is encouraging its members and all Canadians to take action on February 14 to end violence against women and girls in Canada and around the world.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE