It is my pleasure to announce Freedom Week 2011, organized by Miss Canada Tara Teng and an amazing team of devoted abolitionists!
- When: March 6-13, 2011
- Where: Vancouver BC area
Who can come? The various events provide an opportunity for students, churches, parents, government leaders, women’s groups, journalists, bloggers, artists, and anyone else who is interested in abolishing slavery to learn, network, and take action. There is something for everyone.
- Sunday, March 6– Prayer Gathering, 7-10pm, Northside Foursquare Church,1477 Lougheed HWY, Coquitlam ($FREE)
- Thursday, March 10– “Through Their Eyes” Dance/Drama/Music Performance telling the stories of trafficking victims in Canada, 7-9pm, Chandos Pattison Theatre, 10238 168th Street, Surrey($FREE)
- Friday, March 11– “Limbo” Play about Trafficking, 7:30-9:30pm, Christian Life Assembly Centre- Room 340, 21277- 56 Ave, Langley ($FREE)
- Saturday, March 12– Freedom Rally and March to end Human Trafficking, Registration begins at 9:30am in Douglas Park, Langley City. March begins at 11am. Rally begins at 1pm. ($FREE)
**All events are FREE admission. However, donations will be collected to benefit local and international organizations that are fighting Human Trafficking/ Modern Day Slavery around the world. Awareness AND Action.
Want to volunteer?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. They are specifically requesting volunteers for the Freedom March on March 12, to direct crowds and help with set-up and take-down in Douglas Park. Time commitment for volunteers is from 9-5, or for half the day.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY EVENTS:
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, REED (Resist Exploitation Embrace Dignity) and EVE (formerly Exploited Voices now Educating) present: Prostitution and Women’s Equality-Imagining More for Women.
Join them as they host Gunilla Ekberg, Swedish-Canadian lawyer and expert on the international human rights of women and girls, presenting on the Nordic Model of law and policy; an alternative to complete decriminalization that enshrines the dignity of women and addresses the male demand for paid sex. Guest panellists from the community will also be present. This is a great opportunity to learn more about why prostitution should not be legalized in Canada.
- Tuesday March 8: 6-8pm, Victoria Public Library’s Central Branch. Featuring Gunilla Ekberg, Trisha Baptie (EVE), and Lee Lakeman (Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres)
- Thursday March 10: 7-9pm, Vancouver Downtown Library’s Alice Mackay Room. Featuring Gunilla Ekberg, Aboriginal Women’s Action Network, and Trisha Baptie (EVE)
For more information contact Michelle Miller at 604.725.3838, or Trisha Baptie at 604.518.4798. Get the International Women’s Day Events PDF poster to spread the word.
What an exciting week for the West Coast!
photo credit wiccked