Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, and I got to start my morning by being interviewed for CBC radio regarding my post on Ontario’s Sexual Violence Action Plan. It is great that interest is increasing worldwide for this issue!
Later in the day I went to Victoria to see a panel presentation with Gunilla Ekberg, who was a key player in creating the Swedish model of dealing with prostitution, Lee Lakeman representing rape crisis centres, and Trisha Baptie who shared from an experiential woman’s perspective why prostitution should not be legalized. Wow. If you have a chance to see the panel speak in Vancouver on Thursday, it is totally worth your time! Details here. I will be posting more about some event highlights soon.
Today I am excited to spread the word about a campaign by CNN to make a statement about modern day slavery. CNN ireport and GOOD are seeking people to take a stand, and send in a picture (like mine above) or video holding a sign that says “I’m Taking a Stand To End Slavery.” It is part of the Freedom Project, and those who participate will be asked to take part in future challenges. You can submit your photo and get more details here.
Will you join me? Let’s use this opportunity to make a strong statement about human trafficking and modern day slavery! And just a reminder for those of you in Vancouver, Freedom Week is happening right now and you should make your voice heard!
For some International Women’s Day posts, check these out:To the Men and The Most Exploited Blessing by Miss Canada Tara Teng
The Feminism of Men and Romance by Roxanne Krystalli
On International Women’s Day, Ask Kanye to Stop Glorifying Sexual Violence by Amanda Kloer
Let’s celebrate the wonderful women in our lives this week, and fight for the right of those who are enslaved.
**Thanks to Roxanne for notifying me of this CNN project!