Posted on Nov 01, 2019
Violence Against Women Shelters across the province are mobilizing to ensure Ontarians are educated, aware, and willing to help put an end to men’s violence against women. Now in its 7th year, OAITH’s Wrapped in Courage Campaign invites all Ontarians to show their support by purchasing a purple scarf from their local Women’s Shelter. The courage of a woman alone is not enough.
“Whether it’s a friend, loved one, co worker or neighbour, we all know women who’ve suffered from men’s use of violence, harassment or control. Sadly for women and children these men are closely known to them. When we all know someone who has either survived or lost their life to gender-based violence, let that be the wake up call to do your part and be a part of the solution”
Marlene Ham, Executive Director, OAITH
Since 1990, OAITH has tracked close to 800 media reports of women murdered by men closely known to them in Ontario. As we prepare to release the numbers for this year, we are reminding everyone that violence continues to be the greatest gender inequality rights issue for women and girls. Shelters in your community play a vital role for survivors through their programs and services. When women and their children can’t access a VAW shelter or program, it’s the difference between staying in a harmful situation or having a chance at freedom.
Purchase a purple scarf or tie from your local women’s shelter and wear it this winter. Every scarf and effort counts when it comes to the safety and well-being of Ontario’s women and children.
For MEDIA inquiries please contact:
Marlene Ham, Executive Director
Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses
firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-977-6619 ext 103
For Local Media inquiries please find your Participating Shelter and use the contacts provided.