Violence, abuse, sexual assault: we are aware of the terms but never really know the implications of them until it’s too late. Each year there is an average of 460,000 cases of sexual assault on women in Canada, and less than 10% of victims that seek help will actually receive it.
YWCA, a women’s multi-service organization, helps women faced with domestic violence, racism and other forms of abuse. Recently, YMCA organized the YWCA Week Without Violence (the week of October 17th to October 23rd) an anti-violence campaign directed towards spreading awareness across the country in hopes of creating a violence-free world. Domestic violence may never cease to exist, but together we can prevent it.
Today, one of the world’s most common human rights violations is violence against women and girls with an estimated 35% of the female population affected at some point in their lives. Gender-based violence is also commonly reported in clothing manufacturing factories, with approximately 80% of workers being women. And when the women fight against abuse they are blamed, ignored, or in extreme cases, viscously attacked and killed. Over 75,000 women and children are driven from their homes by encounters of abuse in Canada every year. But everything can change. YWCA is the largest national provider for women’s shelters serving approximately 25,000 women and children across the country.
Power of Being a Girl is a conference hosted during the YWCA Week Without Violence to support young girls and encourage leadership. Designed with informative programs to educate girls, the conference generated raise awareness and prepared girls to prevent violence in their own lives. But violence against women cannot end without the help of everyone. Over 20 years ago the UN General Assembly Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women prepared action against this pervasive issue; however, 1 in 3 women still encounter physical abuse and assault in our world today— proving that violence against women will continue unless our society works together to make a change.
How You Can Help End Violence Against Women
- Promote awareness in your community and join in the anti-violence movement by informing your friends, co-workers, neighbours and family and share on social media to spread the word.
- Inform yourself by participating in workshops to recognise warning signs and prevent future violent encounters. You can also attend conferences held at your local YWCA association.
- Support violence prevention programs and donate to YWCA or volunteer for conferences to support the cause.
- Start Conversations in your community and schools on ideas of how to bring violence against women to an end.
For more ideas go to YWCA Canada
The anti-violence movement is recognised by over 9,500 people throughout all of Canada. Spread the word about YWCA and protect your friends and family. With your help we could end domestic violence, sexual assault, and abuse against women. Join the ongoing fight for a violence-free world.
About the Author
Amy is a high school student who enjoys using writing for the purpose of expressing an opinion or point of view on a subject matter. She most enjoys creative writing in the form of fictional stories and descriptive writing pieces. She hopes to be able to give advice and impact the lives of other through the written word, and pursue a career in writing in the future. As a hobby she also enjoys reading, listening to music and composing her own short stories.