Marching Onward with Next Steps

Media Release
For Immediate Release
January 24, 2017

People from around the world came together this weekend with a roar for women’s equality to inspire hope for the end of violence and abuse.  Amidst all the promising conversations that happened, people were encouraged to continue to take action for a more just and compassionate world – after the marches. 

So what’s next?  The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters has a few ideas …

1. Support your local women’s shelter
The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) is proud to be a part of a network of 41 organizations throughout the province that each need your support.  Volunteer and offer your expertise.  Choose your local shelter as the beneficiary of your charitable contributions in 2017. Not sure where your closest shelter is?  Find it here.

2. Help educate your local community leaders
There is a wealth of information available and those who need it most can be reminded to keep the challenges of women front and centre:
https://www.acws.ca/library
https://aasas.ca/
http://www.iaaw.ca/

3. Make your workplace safer & inform co-workers
The Domestic Violence and Your Workplace program offers organizations of all sizes the tools to empower survivors of violence, keep all staff safer and reduce the costs to business.  ACWS staff and trainers will provide free lunch n learns at your work to tell you more about how we can plug into your existing policies and OH&S procedures. 

4.  Interrupt a sexist, racist or homophobic comment or behaviour
When you hear something in day to day conversation that marginalizes women, “women are such gossips”, or someone’s race or ethnicity, “Refugees coming means more sexual assaults”, or sexual orientation or gender identity – say or do something (when it’s safe to).  The culture won’t change until we are braver and start to speak out against language that perpetuates toxicities within our culture. https://www.acws.ca/leading-change

5.  Invite a courageous conversation about gender-based violence in your community or school
ACWS’ Leading Change call to action has tie-ins to the Alberta Education’s Curriculum and has three years of experience building impactful community conversations.  We deliver the program for junior high audiences and older.  Contact ACWS to discuss how Leading Change can support your work in community and engage men and boys and people of all genders in ending violence for women and girls.
 

BACKGROUND:
The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters supports member shelters and works together to end domestic violence and abuse.  ACWS was incorporated in 1983 and is a registered charity.
Registration: #118780634RR0001
To donate: https://www.acws.ca/donate

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Contacts:                                                                                                         
Jan Reimer, Executive Director
Communications@acws.ca
via Sarah at: (780)  456-7000 Ext 227
@womenshelter
#LeadingChange