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Letter: Be part of #GirlsToo with 16 Days of Activism towards Gender-Primarily based Violence

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Women Inc. of Northern Alberta is dedicated to stopping gender-based violence and advocating for gender equality as a result of we all know that every one women can expertise violence and inequality.

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As a voice for the 16 Days of Activism towards Gender-Primarily based Violence from November 25 to December 10, 2021, I’m writing to assist urge the neighborhood to be taught and act on stopping and addressing gender-based violence – individually and collectively, thereby looking for illustration of #GirlsToo.

The 16 Days of Activism towards Gender-Primarily based Violence is an annual international name to motion to finish gender-based violence – any type of hurt towards individuals primarily based on their gender id, how they specific themselves or current stereotypes.

Whereas gender-based violence impacts anybody, some expertise it extra often and in additional distinct methods than others – notably women and gender-diverse youth. Notably, the magnitude of their expertise varies relying on how intricately gender id, gender expression or perceived gender overlap and intertwine with various factors contributing to the sense of security.

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These embrace however usually are not restricted to race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, residing situations, well being, mobility, accessibilities, exceptionalities, faith, citizenship, historical past and extra.

Women Inc. of Northern Alberta is aware of that there are distinctive layers of current and newly rising gendered boundaries, challenges, and vulnerabilities that women notably undergo.

We additionally know that every woman experiences these boundaries in another way relying on how and the place you’re located in numerous areas – house, college, neighborhood, domestic-international, media, on-line and so on.

And these have been exacerbated by way of violence and inequality heightened by the COVID19 induced changes, flooding, and financial downturn over the previous two years.

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Our #GirlsToo program tackles this advanced subject head-on. Constructing on #MeToo, #GirlsToo is a motion in and of itself. It calls out that #MeToo is not only an 18+ motion. Respect begins younger. Actions begin younger. Adjustments begin younger.

This program affords age-appropriate schooling through in-school programming and after-school workshops to equip individuals with abilities and information to acknowledge, stop and handle gender-based violence of assorted kinds and ranges.

Members will be taught consent, wholesome relationships, gendered challenges, and what to do when/in the event that they face gender-based violence. They’ll discover ways to be a part of an answer. It additional facilitates alternatives for individuals to be taught self-defense methods whereas serving to to construct their self-confidence.

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By means of arts-based advocacy and sincere dialogue in a protected area, they are going to discover ways to advocate for a cultural shift in direction of therapeutic, empowerment, supporting survivors, breaking the silence, and in the end, ending gender-based violence – individually and collectively.

For this 12 months’s 16 Days of Activism towards Gender Primarily based Violence marketing campaign, Women Inc. of Northern Alberta is participating youth, native eating places, and social media to amplify the #GirlsToo motion.

  • With youth, there can be a sequence of 4 workshops for ladies ages 10+ on 1) women’ and ladies’s rights in Canada by way of the Conference on the Elimination of all Types of Discrimination Towards Girls, 2) the function of media in gender-based violence, 3) what an ally seems to be like by unpacking Islamophobia and racism, and 4) the way to break the cycle of gender-based violence whereas supporting survivors.
  • With native eating places, #GirlsToo themed napkins and postcards can be distributed in order that the neighborhood can begin paying extra consideration to what 16 Days of Activism towards Gender-Primarily based Violence is all about and the way one might be an advocate for #GirlsToo motion. Largest thank-you to the collaborating eating places for partnering with us: Avenue Espresso, Boston Pizza (Downtown and Timberlea), Mr. Mikes, Stacs, Surekha’s on the Snye and 57 North Kitchen and Brewery.
  • On social media, we’re calling for nominations for somebody taking actions to create a cultural shift in direction of supporting survivors and breaking the silence. Prizes to be received.

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As talked about earlier, gender-based violence impacts anybody. Feeling like you’re caught, feeling like you’re silenced, feeling like you’re conditioned to fulfill sure self- and societal-expectations… these emotions could also be skilled equally. It’s the magnitude or the method these emotions skilled which will differ relying on the place and the way one is situated at given intersections.

It’s our hope that #GirlsToo requires actions from everybody to create adjustments by studying how inequality and violence are at work in our neighborhood and the world, how every particular person experiences intersecting boundaries and violence of assorted kinds in another way and the way we as human beings can strengthen resiliency to gender-based violence.

Replicate. Act. Help those that come ahead and share their struggles with you. Take heed to completely different voices. Begin questioning what ‘being protected’ and ‘peace’ would possibly appear to be. Do what you possibly can. Take constructive dangers. Name out while you encounter gender-based violence of any kind. And most significantly, voice to interrupt the silence collectively. Be part of the #GirlsToo dialogue at present.

How will you act for the 16 Days of Activism towards Gender-Primarily based Violence this 12 months?

Nanase Tonda, government director of Women Inc. of Northern Alberta


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