St. Catharines MPP has her purple scarf on for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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Published November 25, 2021 at 2:47 pm

Members of Gillian's Place joined St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik and Councillors Lori Littleton and Greg Miller today for a flag-raising to acknowledge International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women at St. Catharines City Hall

Today (November 25) is the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, as well as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and St. Catharines MPP Jennie Stevens was certain to be wearing her purple scarf at Queen’s Park to make her support loud and clear.

“The need for the safe space of Gillian’s Place has never been greater than right now – they’re experiencing more demand for assistance than they ever have before,” said Stevens of the St. Catharines local women’s shelter.

At the same time, members of Gillian’s Place staff were at St. Catherines City Hall raising the Wrapped in Courage Flag with Mayor Walter Sendzik, as well as Councillor Lori Littleton and Councillor Greg Miller.

Stevens reached out to the community today to do more for the cause. “While (Gillian’s Place is) doing an incredible job, they need our ongoing support. Today I’m wearing a purple scarf for The Wrapped in Courage campaign,” she said. “It gives local women’s shelters that vital support – through your donations, and by raising awareness about Gender Based Violence.”

Stevens then offered up some sobering statistics, showing that violence “continues to be the greatest gender inequality rights issue for women and girls.”
  • A woman in Canada is killed by her former or current intimate partner every six days.
  • In Ontario, one in three women will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime and
  • These numbers increase exponentially if the woman is Black, Indigenous or racialized.
  • If you are experiencing emotional, physical, sexual, financial or spiritual abuse, it may feel as though you are alone and invisible, but there are supports in our community that are ready to help.
  • November 25th is also the first day of the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence;
  • The Wrapped in Courage Website lists 16 actions everyone can take to help end gender-based violence and prevent femicide

Stevens concluded, “Together, let’s build a future free from violence against women and girls. Thank you to Gillian’s Place for working so tirelessly on behalf of the women in our community.”

For more information on Gillian’s Place and the support and services they can offer, visit: https://gilliansplace.com/

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