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Strengthening Safety Online

2022-01-04T20:10:42+00:00June 24, 2014|Gender-based violence, How to, Sexual abuse, Women in media|

Woman yelling at computerLike many of you, my main interaction with technology is what I find on my cell phone, my laptop and my kids’ play devices. I am not tech-savvy and I cannot be described as a geek or a nerd, except in that I wear glasses and watch Star Wars. I don’t usually worry about what lies behind the platforms, interfaces and social media sites that I waste so many important hours on. 

But recent events have opened my eyes to the huge world out there of code, engineering, design and innovation that does not usually impinge on my field of work in youth programming, healthy relationships, women’s safety and rights.

Don’t Let Speaking Out be a Taboo

2022-01-04T19:57:03+00:00May 6, 2014|Gender-based violence|

One Billion Rising This post originally appeared on Huffington Post, as part of Mina;s ongoing blog series dedicated to raising awarness about the issues facing women and girls in Canada. 

Rise Up! Speak Out! Stand Up!”

Earlier this week, I heard women and men from across Canada screaming this at a One Billion Rising event in Toronto. Women and men coming together to speak up about violence and abuse towards women; to stand up for women’s safety and to demand that domestic violence and sexual assault stops.

And I was inspired.

Numbers Tell Stories Too

2022-01-04T19:50:07+00:00April 30, 2014|Gender-based violence|

Woman looking out windown“I came here scared and confused, they made me realize that I am worthy of so much more." This is the voice of a woman staying at a shelter in Canada.   

The stories from Shelter Voices speak to us (Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses first pan-Canadian annual survey– part of the Global Count of Women’s Shelters) – they pull us in and make us care. I love to hear women in shelters tell us how important the services are and how much better their lives are because shelter workers are there to help them. I especially like the phrase ‘I came here a caterpillar and left a butterfly’.

#DenimDay – An international movement to fight victim blaming

2022-01-04T19:41:44+00:00April 22, 2014|Gender-based violence, Sexual abuse|

I wear denim because...It wasn’t too long ago when jeans made headlines - not for being comfortable or stylish - but because of an absurd judgment made by an Italian high court in a sexual assault case.

On July 12, 1992 in Italy, an 18 year old student was picked up by her driving instructor for her first driving lesson. He then drove her to a secluded pathway and brutally raped her. She bravely pressed charges against him the following day, despite his threats to kill her if she spoke out.