YWCA Moncton Partners With Community to Reduce, Prevent, & Eliminate Gender-Based Violence

Posted October 9, 2014

Written by Beth Lyons

Moncton, N.B., Oct. 9th, 2014 — From October 13th to 19th, YWCA Moncton will be partnering with a number of local and national organizations to present Week Without Violence. Week Without Violence is a global YWCA anti-violence initiative that takes place annually during the 3rd week in October.

Local Week Without Violence events kick off on October 14th with a safety audit led by young women participating in a local Canada World Youth exchange program. Using an internationally-recognized action tool developed by Toronto-based violence prevention organization METRAC, these young women will identify safety challenges and opportunities that relate specifically to women in Moncton’s downtown core.

On October 15th, Moncton’s 3rd annual Take Back The Night will take place. Every year, Take Back the Night events rally people around the world to gather and march for women’s right to move freely in their communities, day or night, without being harassed or sexually assaulted. Take Back The Night will begin at 7pm in front of Moncton City Hall with guest speakers addressing the crowd before organizers lead a march down Main Street and back, ending at the Community Peace Centre (22 Church Street) where light refreshments will be served. Take Back the Night is being organized in collaboration with AIDS Moncton, Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Centre, Business and Professional Women of Greater Moncton, Canadian Labour Congress – Atlantic Region, Canadian Union of Postal Workers – Moncton local, Coalition Against Abuse in Relationships, Crossroads for Women, the Intercultural Heritage Association’s Women’s Group, Moncton Women’s Progress Club, the NBCC Wabanaki Student Centre, and Support to Single Parents.

Moncton’s final Week Without Violence event is Walk A Mile in Her Shoes on October 17th at 12pm. This fundraising event involves local men walking in high-heeled shoes down Moncton’s Main Street to educate the community on the issue of gender-based violence and to raise funds through sponsorship for YWCA Moncton’s violence prevention work in southeastern New Brunswick.

“Having so many strong partners involved in Week Without Violence is a testament to our community’s commitment to preventing, reducing, and ultimately eliminating gender-based violence,” says YWCA Executive Director Jewell Mitchell.

Women, men, and children are welcome at both Take Back the Night and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events. Those who wish to participate in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes by walking or volunteering can visit www.ywcamoncton.com to register.
YWCA Moncton exists to support and empower women – and their families – through advocacy and integrated services that foster independence, wellness, and equity for all.

YWCA Moncton believes all women have the right to live in peace and without threat or acts of violence. The agency addresses the issue of violence against women through violence prevention programs and national YWCA campaigns.

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For additional information on Week Without Violence or Take Back the Night, contact:
Beth Lyons, Associate Director, YWCA Moncton
(506) 858-7222 | blyons@ywcamoncton.com

For additional information on Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, contact:
Marisa Piccini, Fund Development Manager, YWCA Moncton
(506) 858-7224 | mpiccini@ywcamoncton.com

For additional information on the safety audit of downtown Moncton, contact:
Daniela Fernandez, Project Supervisor, Canada World Youth
(506) 425-0147 | dfernandez@cwy-jcm.org

Click here to download the press release (PDF).

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