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A Cornerstone of Our Work

Advocacy is a large part of the YWCA movement worldwide and a cornerstone of the work of YWCA Lethbridge & District. The organization offers services and programs regarding domestic and sexual violence, housing and homelessness, poverty, health and wellness and youth empowerment.

Advocacy Platform

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YWCA Week Without Violence:

YWCA Week Without Violence is an annual worldwide campaign to stop violence in all its forms. Each year, during the third week of October, YWCAs across Canada and the globe host activities that focus on raising awareness about gender-based violence, promoting attitude change and enabling individuals & organizations to begin taking positive actions to ending violence in our community.

Take Back the Night:

YWCA Take Back the Night is a community protest & direct action against sexual violence, held annually on the third Friday of October during YWCA Week Without Violence.

Fashion your own sign or pick up one of ours, and join us as we work our way through the streets of Lethbridge to confront violence against women, ending at YWCA Lethbridge for free cookies and hot cocoa. Take Back the Night is appropriate for all ages; EVERYONE is welcome!

16 Days of Activism:

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is an international campaign originating from (and still championed by) the Women’s Global Leadership Institute. The campaign runs from November 25, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, through December 10, International Human Rights Day in an effort to emphasize that violence against women is a violation of human rights.

We also remember December 6th, the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, during the 16 Days with an Rose Ceremony to remember the students who died, simply because they were women.

National Day of Action on Gender – Based Violence/Rose Ceremony:

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is an international campaign originating from (and still championed by) the Women’s Global Leadership Institute. The campaign runs from November 25, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, through December 10, International Human Rights Day in an effort to emphasize that violence against women is a violation of human rights.

We also remember December 6th, the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, during the 16 Days with an Rose Ceremony to remember the students who died, simply because they were women.

Sexual Violence Action Committee:

YWCA Lethbridge and District is one of several community agencies working together to address issues of sexual violence in the community and a founding member of the Sexual Violence Action Committee (SVAC). 

SVAC is a standing committee of professionals dedicated to providing leadership, coordination and a unified voice on issues related to sexual violence in southwestern Alberta. The committee meets monthly to discuss issues surrounding sexual violence, including various aspects of sexual assault investigations, organizing or participating in training events in the community applying for grants/funding to advance committee projects and advocating with government on behalf of Southwestern Alberta.

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