Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) is committed to taking action and preventing violence against women.  Each year we commemorate Prevention of Violence Against Women Week held during the third week of April.  This year, during Prevention of Violence Against Women Week (April 13-19 2014), Battered Women’s Support Services will showcase our recent and ongoing collaborations with youth.  We have had the opportunity to work with incredible young women and young men over these years, youth who dream big about making positive impact with their peers through sharing knowledge and skills that promote healthy relationships, that support youth cultural shifts, safer spaces and social change.  We invite you to join us both here in Vancouver, Coast Salish territory and across the interwebs.

Here is the list of events:

Creating Transformation Public Event

A free public event to discuss how transformation can be created to prevent violence against women and what needs to be done in order to make changes in the level of individuals, communities, and society. The event will start with the presentation of speakers and be followed by Questions & Answers. Light snacks will be provided.

Where: My Sister’s Closet, 1092 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC

When: April 17, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 “Don’t Be That Guy” radio spots

Battered Women’s Support Services in collaboration with BCIT Broadcasting students are sharing a 7 episode of radio spots on sexual violence against women. The radio project was inspired by “Don’t Be That Guy Campaign, which originated with Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton.

Where: Online at www.bwss.org/endingviolence and Radio

When: April 13-19 2014

Young Men Taking Action to End Violence Against Women

Young Men Taking Action to End Violence Against Women is a joint project by Battered Women’s Support Services, St. George’s School, Create Your Own, Team Heartbreak where young men from St. George’s School produced short films on men’s role in ending violence against girls and women.

Where: Online at www.bwss.org/endingviolence

When: April 13-19 2014

Youth Ending Violence

BWSS Youth Ending Violence program works with young women and men throughout Lower Mainland in preventiln of dating violence. During Prevention of Violence Against Women, BWSS will present a film featuring some of Youth Ending Violence facilitators sharing their thoughts on the root causes of and factors that contribute to violence, their work in violence prevention, media literacy, and youth empowerment.

Where: Online at www.bwss.org/endingviolence

When: April 13-19 2014

Creating Transformation Blog Series

A youth-centred blog series for individuals,our communities,and social-change makers illuminating how girls and women resist systemic violence, change transformation for a safer and empowering future.

Where: Online at www.bwss.org/endingviolence

When: April 13-19 2014

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Here is more about the past prevention week activities we undertook:

April 14 – 20 2013 Preventing Violence Against Women – It’s In Your hands

April 15–21, 2012 How Does She Resist? Prevention of Violence Against Women Week

April 18 – 25, 2011 Prevention of Violence Against Women Week

April 18 – 25, 2010 Prevention of Violence Against Women Week

If you could do something to end violence against girls and women, wouldn’t you?

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