16 Days of Activism
Violence against women is an international human rights violation. Globally, one in three women is beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused by an intimate partner in the course of her lifetime. In Canada, half of all women have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. On any given day, more than 3,300 Canadian women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in emergency shelters to escape domestic violence.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international call for the elimination of violence against women. Read more here.
We Need Your Vote!
TELUS is giving where we live, and Howe Sound Women's Centre could receive up to $10,000!
But we need your help!
We have been selected as one of three local charities to receive donations from TELUS totaling $17,500, and you get to choose where it goes! Help us win the top donation of $10,000 by voting for the Howe Sound Women's Centre! No purchase necessary, and voting is open until January 15, 2015!
Help us win $10,000! Vote NOW!
Last month, Annabelle Pierre, Shannon Cooley Herdman and Margaret Forbes spoke about Project Melany at the BC Society of Transition Houses Annual Training Forum. Our Way: Cultural Safety, Second Stage Housing and How the Women of the Lil'wat Nation informed by Project Melany discussed findings and recommendations produced by Project Melany, with respect to the particular needs identified by women of the Lil'wat Nation. The presentation also looked at gains inspired by Project Melany as well as barriers to the creation of second stage housing in this region to date.
Lack of safe, affordable housing is a critical issue faced by women and children in the Sea to Sky Corridor. A long-term, Second Stage program of affordable housing units and case managed support is needed.
Find out how we plan to address this issue and how you can help. Call (604) 892-5748.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 2! #GivingTuesday is a global movement celebrating and encouraging generosity. Inspired by the annual shopping traditions of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a chance for you to donate to the charities closest to your heart.
Help us celebrate in this day of giving by donating to Howe Sound Women's Centre. Your support will help women and children right here in your own community live free from violence and abuse.
Gifts in Kind
Looking to give back? In addition to monetary donations, women and children accessing our programs are always in need of:
- Grocery gift cards for Squamish, Whistler or Pemberton Grocers
- Home Starter Kits: new towels, pots & pans, sheet sets, dish cloths, food start-up kits (spices, basic condiments, non-perishables) or gift certificates
- Children's start-up kits (ages 1-3, 4-6, 7-10, etc.): clothes, toys, diapers
- Toiletries - toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, feminine products
- New pyjamas, socks, slippers, underwear
- Bus tickets - local transit - Squamish, Whistler
- Bus tickets - Greyhound to Vancouver
- Moving support and transportation
- Phone cards
- Appointment books / journals
Contact the Women's Centre at (604) 892-5748 for more information about how you can support women and children in need.
Self Defense Workshop
The Sea to Sky Women's Health Network, in partnership with TELUS and the Whistler Public Library, is hosting a free Women's Self-Defense Workshop Saturday, November 23 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Learn basic self defense skills from Sami Gustafson and have fun in the process! Sami Gustafson has over 15 years of mixed martial arts training and is passionate about sharing her knowledge to empower women with simple and effective techniques.
Registration Required: Call (604) 962-8711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.