You can rally against gender violence on Monday.
Leeds and Grenville Interval House (LGIH) has organized a rally on November 26th at the Women’s Monument in Brockville. It will begin at 11:30 that morning on Blockhouse Island. LGIH’s Community Development Coordinator Kimberley Wright says the rally is to help mobilize the community to recognize and join in the 16 Days of Action against Gender Violence.
The 16 Days of Action runs from November 25 to December 10. Wright adds there will be speakers at the rally. They include: Executive Director of LGIH, a representative for M.P.P. Steve Clark, the Mayor of Brockville and Brockville Police. She says they encourage the community to wear their purple scarves and neckties from LGIH’s Wrapped in Courage campaign during November and especially during the 16 days.
“The purple represents the courage that we know it takes for women to leave abusive relationships.”
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and action on violence against women. On that day LGIH will be holding a vigil. Wright explains they are part of the Victims Issues Coordinating Committee and they help organize the memorial service every year on that day. It will also be at the Women’s Monument beginning at 4:30 that evening.
Wright says the 16 days of action is an international campaign designated by the United Nations to encourage communities to focus on the actions we can do individually and collectively to end violence against women. During the 16 days, Wright says there will be information and actions posted to LGIH’s Facebook page for people to consider and participate in.
LGIH’s Facebook page can be found here.