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 12-19 2015), BWSS features the following events:
You Could Do Something to End Violence Against Women – Bus Shelter Ads
Violence against women in intimate relationships is a learned behaviour so BWSS has launched an awareness campaign drawing attention on the effects witnessing abuse has on children. You Could Do Something To Prevent Violence Against Women bus shelter ads are positioned around the Vancouver, BC. People are invited to share photos of the ads through social media with the hashtag #BecauseYouCan.
(Download the poster here.)
Posted with the support of the City of Vancouver.
YOUth Ending Violence Volunteer Training Program
Youth are powerful agents for change and BWSS successful Youth Ending Violence trains young women and young men to facilitate workshops on dating and sexual violence prevention. BWSS Youth facilitators learn differences between healthy and abusive relationships, dynamics of abuse, learn where and how to obtain help, understand the impact of media and social media on youth in dating relationships and how to be an empowered bystander. BWSS Youth Ending Violence program reaches 2,000 youth annually.
Boys Will be Boys: Fighting Sexism in Media and Journalism
Saturday, April 11, 2015
The Jian Ghomeshi scandal shocked the country, but maybe we needed to be shocked. Despite all the gains made over decades for women’s rights and gender equality, even our trusted public broadcaster had failed us.
Newsrooms have long been a man’s world, and while women are occupying positions as journalists, editors, producers, and broadcasters more than ever before, it’s clear that sexism, sexual harassment, and even sexual assault remains a problem in the industry. Whereas women remained silent for years, fearing they’d lose their jobs and ruin their careers if they spoke out about the misogyny they experienced working in media, they are finally beginning to speak out, buoyed by the courage and righteous anger of their female colleagues.
This panel features four prominent and courageous women who are experts on the issue of gender discrimination, violence against women, and sexism in the media. They will address the history of this insidious problem, the current climate, and the real-life impact of sweeping sexist practices and behaviour under the rug.
This is a conversation Canada needs to have. Join us.
Angela Marie MacDougall
When: Saturday, Apr 11, 2015, 2–4 p.m.
Creative Cafe Day – #BecauseYouCan Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls
At My Sister’s Closet located at 1092 Seymour Street (at Helmcken) in Downtown, Vancouver
April 15, 2015 from 12 pm to 6 pm
Community sharing their talents all to support ending violence.
Local Women Artisan Creations Featured
Tarot Card Readings
Spirit Bear coffee and tea
Once again, we have convened a few serious feminist writers to contribute to our blog Ending Violence this year featuring violence prevention along with an old concept with a new name “A First Responder”. Ending Violence Blog is at www.bwss.org/endingviolence
Taking a trip down Prevention Week memory lane
Creating Transformation – Community Engagement in Prevention of Violence Against Women – 2014
Prevention of Violence Against Women Week 2013 – It’s in your hands
Gender Violence in the Workplace
20 Ways Youth Can Prevent Violence Against Girls & Women
End the Silence: 15 Ways Men Can Be Empowered Bystanders
How Does She Resist? Prevention of Violence Against Women Week–April 15–21, 2012
Prevention of Violence Against Women Week – April 18 – 25, 2011
Prevention of Violence Against Women Week – April 18 – 25, 2010
National Crime Victims Awareness Week April 22 – 28, 2012 Taking Action to End Violence Against Girls and Women
National Crime Victims Awareness Week 2012 – Violence, Women & Access to Justice
National Crime Victim Awareness Week 2012 – Court Related Abuse and Harassment
National Crime Victims Awareness Week – April 10 – 17, 2011
National Crime Victim’s Awareness Week – Start the conversation, take action, end violence
You could do something to End Violence Against Women