LETHBRIDGE: A new local campaign is advocating for more action on violence against women. The Lethbridge YWCA has organized the "rose campaign" - which asks local MP's to keep a government promise to address violence issues in Canada.
"Fifty per cent of Canadian women will experience an incident of violence at some point in their lives, the majority before they turn 25," spokesperson Christine Cassie told Country 95 News Tuesday. "And certainly for the YWCA we see so many women that are seeking services because of domestic violence or sexual assaults that we need to take a stand in our own community."
If prevention efforts were more successful, Cassie says it could mean a break for taxpayers. "It's estimated that $6.9 billion a year is being spent by Canadian taxpayers from anything from medical services, child services, and jail costs as a result of the aftermath of violence," she said. "So certainly if we were to reduce violence in our communities the cost-savings would be significant."
Cassie's group is seeking support for its cause by having the public send "virtual roses" to elected representatives. They're also hosting a candlelight vigil at the YWCA's Lethbridge location at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 6 to mark Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The day has been set aside nationally for this memorial because of several of gender-based murders on December 6, 1989. It was on that day that 14 young women were killed at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.
Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2011 at 3/8/2014 5:35:43 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo by Country 95 News