November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month and OAITH (Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Housing) is asking for the support of OSSTF/FEESO to end gender-based violence across Ontario.
Violence Against Women shelters across the province are mobilizing to ensure Ontarians are educated, aware, and willing to help put an end to men’s violence against women. Now in its 7th year, OAITH’s Wrapped in Courage Campaign invites all Ontarians to show their support by purchasing a purple scarf from their local Women’s Shelter. The courage of a woman alone is not enough. Women need the support and commitment of their entire community to help end violence against all women and children.
“Whether it’s a friend, loved one, co-worker or neighbor, we all know women who’ve suffered from men’s use of violence, harassment or control. Sadly, for women and children, they closely know these men. When we all know someone who has either survived or lost their life to gender-based violence, let that be the wake up call to do your part and be a part of the solution” Marlene Ham, Executive Director, OAITH
Since 1990, OAITH has tracked close to 800 media reports of women murdered by men closely known to them in Ontario, and they remind the community that violence continues to be the greatest gender inequality rights issue for women and girls. Shelters in your community play a vital role for survivors through their programs and services. Access for women and their children to shelters or programs can be the difference between staying in a harmful situation and having an opportunity to escape it.
There is an option for members to support their local shelters by purchasing a purple scarf or tie from their local women’s shelter and wearing it this winter. Every scarf and every supportive action counts when it comes to the safety and well-being of Ontario’s women and children. You can purchase scarves in your area. Please see the website for more information on purchasing scarves.
Visit wrappedincourage.ca today to learn more and support the campaign. Join #wrappedincourage on social media