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International Women’s Day 2014

"Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more."

international women's day I copied the above paragraph directly from internationalwomensday.com ,  a global hub for sharing International Women's Day information, events, news and resources.  The website was founded in 2001 as a non-profit philanthropic venture dedicated to keeping International Women’s Day (IWD) alive and growing.  It's a great site,take a look at it if you want, it really gives such a good picture about what is happening on the global stage and about how much there is to celebrate and be aware of.

I am immensely grateful to be able to be part of SACHA's  International Women's Day Celebrations happening today at the downtown YWCA.  I am going to be part of a panel of people who are going to discuss issues relative to women, (Employment, Cancer Screening and Diabetes).  I will be the fourth presenter and I will be talking about the  topic of Domestic Violence.  I am excited because this is a great opportunity to be with a gathering of women (last year's crowd was impressive)  and to have an opportunity to speak about a subject that is so much more than people often think.   To think that with a statistic like 1 in four women are affected by Domestic Violence at some point in their lifetime, with that kind of crowd....there are going to be women there today who need to know that they are not alone.

If you are new to this website, perhaps visiting it for the first time because you were there today and heard me speak...welcome!  We are so glad that you are here.  You may be feeling a little overwhelmed right now, maybe something I said set off a little alarm bell in your head or maybe you feel like you have just been thrown a lifeline... whatever you are feeling just know that you have come to a place that we have created to help you find answers .  At the top of this page you will find important phone numbers, there are tabs to help you connect with community resources and of course our online calendar of monthly events and workshops and please note that there is a panic/escape button at the top right hand corner - hit it and you will suddenly find yourself looking at recipes on Pinterest (handy if you don't want someone to know what you are doing!).

You see, 1 in Four is not only a website that can connect women with resources, information and services, it is a website that is run by women who are committed to fighting Domestic Violence and the isolation that it brings.  We know what it feels like, we have been ashamed and we have been unsure where to go for help.  We have also grieved over our children, little people who should never have had to witness what they did, even when we thought we had kept it from them...we get it because we have been there and sadly we know that there are others who are now where we were.

My presentation today is going to end with an invitation to women , an invitation pulled straight from internationalwomensday.com :

"So make a difference, think globally and act locally !! Make everyday International Women's Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding".

We all have a responsibility to understand an issue such as Domestic Violence, and by educating ourselves and our children, we can do our part to ensure a better future for all.

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About cjw

A mother of three and a survivor of domestic violence, I am passionate about helping women who feel isolated and alone, women who may have children that are profoundly impacted by the trauma of domestic violence and women who need to understand where they can go to get help for themselves and their families. I am a registered nurse who has worked for the last 16 years in a critical care area only to have to flee to a women's shelter and have my whole life changed. I know fear, I know pain and I now know food banks...I'm in good company.

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One Response to International Women’s Day 2014

  1. Cassie March 6, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    I’ve read some of your work. Thank you! Please read my experience and repost if you can.
    Thanks again.


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