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The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.
The Women's March on Washington convened a broad and diverse group of leaders to produce an intersectional platform known as the Unity Principles. Representing a new understanding of the connected nature of our struggles and a vision of our collective liberation, the Unity Principles continue to be a guiding light for our movement.
We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. We must create a society in which women - including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women - are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.
Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our bodies. We believe in accountability and justice in cases of police brutality and ending racial profiling and targeting of communities of color. It is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system.
Read more here: https://www.womensmarch.com/mission/
December 30, 2017
A candlelight vigil at Willow Beach to remember sisters Chloe and Aubrey Berry. Dec. 30, 2017
Photograph By DARREN STONE, Times Colonist
The gently rolling lawn at Willows Beach filled with still and silent mourners Saturday evening to remember the legacy of joy and love left by two little girls whose bodies were found on Christmas Day.
Oak Bay United Church Rev. Michelle Slater said that in the wake of their deaths, “we are naturally drawn together to give voice to our sorrow and shock, and to seek comfort.
“And we come to honour life, especially the lives of Chloe and Aubrey Berry, and to show our tangible support and care for their mother Sarah and for their whole family.”
The girls’ lives had meaning and purpose, Slater said. “The world was a more beautiful place because of them. A more loving and delightful place.”
The bodies of Chloe, 6, and Aubrey, 4, were found in an Oak Bay apartment by police.
Their father, Andrew Berry, was taken to hospital with self-inflicted injuries. His condition has not been made public.
Sarah Cotton, mother of the girls, was separated from the father.
The vigil was organized by her friends — many of them work with her in public relations — along with others in the community and Oak Bay municipality.
Jennifer Jasechko opened the vigil by playing a variety of songs on the piano, including Moon River. It ended with her playing Amazing Grace, as some in the crowd sang along.
The soft glow from many hundreds of candles reflected the reverential atmosphere at the vigil. Despite recent poor weather, no rain fell and the temperature was mild.
Mementos, cards, and flowers were placed at the foot of the stage facing the grass, which formed a natural amphitheatre.
In an evening dedicated to honouring the girls and their family, it seemed fitting that a mother kissed and soothed her fussy baby during a minute of silence.
Slater read an email message from the girls’ paternal grandparents to those at the vigil, which said, “We are extremely grateful for the kind support we and Sarah have been given at this most desperate of times. These children were the light of our lives and a big part of our extremely small family.
“We are so grateful that we shared their lives.”
Ricky de Souza, principal of St. Christopher’s Montessori School, attended by Aubrey, remembered the girl with the ready smile as a “really kind, warm and gentle soul and spirit.
“She showed a really nurturing quality to the other children in the class. Somehow she just seemed to sense if someone was sad or lonely.” Aubrey would quietly sit beside that child to comfort them.
In this year’s nativity play, Aubrey was an obvious choice for the role of the Angel Gabriel, he said. During her performance, “she was even more radiant that day.”
Stuart Hall, Christ Church Cathedral School principal, said Chloe joined the school in September. “In that short time, her great big soul shone through brightly.”
“Chloe was a very caring friend. It seems it runs in the family.”
When a classmate was bumped or bruised on the playground, “Chloe would seem to swoop in out of nowhere and wrap her arms around that friend.”
A joyful and eager learner, she wrote in her school agenda that “Today is the best day” and “Today was an awesome day.”
Hall urged people to draw on the love and compassion of those nearby. “Ask them to help you shoulder the burden of your grief. Turn around right now and don’t let anybody stand alone in their grief. Just take a moment to give each other a hug.”
A gentle rustling was heard as people followed Hall’s suggestion and embraced each other.
After more candles were lit on stage, quiet notes from a trumpet playing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah sounded from the south side of the park. Musician Daniel Lapp walked in front of the stage playing the trumpet and the audience responded by singing along.
Oak Bay Acting Mayor Hazel Braithwaite said, “There are no adequate words that come close to describing this tragic loss, or that can help us express our feelings or our grief.
“This touches all of us at the most basic level.”
Because Chloe and Aubrey loved to play at Willows Beach, Oak Bay council will be discussing with their mother an appropriate recognition at the playground, Braithwaite said.
The hope for the evening is that will help people come together to “honour, to comfort, to deal with our sadness and begin to heal,” she said.
by Chris Tomlinson, 23 Dec 2017
Hundreds of women in the heavily-migrant populated city of Malmo took to the streets this week to protest the growing levels of sex attacks after a string of gang rapes.
The protests were largely in response to a comment from police in the city, who initially advised women not to go out alone at night in the wake of the gang rape of a 17-year-old described as particularly brutal.
The demonstrators were also protesting the fact that there had been three gang rapes in the city in under a month, the Daily Mail reports.
The women involved demanded that police do more to protect them from violent criminals, and called on the government to push through tougher rape legislation.
Sara Wettergren, one of the speakers at the demonstration, said: “I never thought I would be scared to walk around in my hometown.”
Gang rapes have been a particular cause for concern for Swedish authorities and according to some reports, the vast majority of gang rape cases are committed by migrant men or those from migrant backgrounds.
Swedish lawyer Elisabeth Fritz went even further claiming that in the majority of rape cases she deals with the suspects come from migrant backgrounds.
Since the rise of the #MeToo movement, the Swedish Crime Prevention Council (Brå) has claimed the number of reported sex offences has increased by 33 per cent compared to the same time last year.
The Swedish government announced they would be tightening rape laws so that individuals would need prior permission in order to engage in sexual activity or potentially face rape charges in the wake of #MeToo.
Some speculated that the new consent rules could lead to written permission being required prior to intercourse, with doubts that mere verbal consent would hold up in a criminal trial.
Increasing prison tariffs and making deportation of migrant attackers standard has been little discussed, however.
December 6, 2017
Today, on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, we honour the courageous actions of Yazidi survivor and spokeswoman, Nadia Murad, and will be nominating her to become an Honourary Citizen of Canada in 2018.
Since escaping from ISIS three years ago, Nadia Murad has spoken out against gender violence and publicly pressured the international community, including Canada, to collect evidence and bring to justice those members of the Islamic State who have committed war crimes, including rape and slavery, against the Yazidi.
In the interests of justice we join with Nadia Murad and call on the Canadian government to pursue prosecution of Canadian citizens who are members of ISIS and have committed war crimes, including rape, against Yazidi women and girls, and who are now returning to Canada.
We also call on the Canadian government to honour the spirit of the resolution in Parliament and offer asylum in Canada to a full 1200 Yazidi women and girls. While we welcome and applaud the inclusion of relatives as refugees, they should not be included in this number.
Justice, fairness, equality, and freedom from violence are the birthright of all women and girls in Canada and around the world. Today we honour all those who are speaking out against gender violence, those who are unable to speak out, and those who are still suffering. Together we will make a better world.
Chris, Leslie, Leora, Peggy, Liz, Barbara, Mo, Barbara, Julie and Mia
BC Committee in Support of Yazidi Women and Girls
We are a small group of women from Vancouver, BC, who have been urging the Canadian government to offer safe refuge and treatment for trauma for Yazidi women and girls.
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