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The end of the year calls for reflection. It's a time to celebrate and revisit the successes and trials of the year past and share those moments with those around us.
2014 marked Interval House’s 41st year helping women reshape their lives in face of violence and abuse. A year fraught with gender-based violence in the media, 2014 also stirred conversation and quashed some taboos, allowing the issue of abuse to enter the public mindset. At Interval House, we are always striving to encourage not only conversation, but also empowerment, and 2014 was no exception.
The shelter has been bustling for the past couple of weeks, busy with holiday preparations and festivities! At Interval House, the winter holidays are one of our favourite times of year, as it’s truly a time for the women and children at the shelter to heal, relax, and have fun.
As 2014 comes to an end, we’re reflecting on our successes of the past year. We’re proud of the work we’ve done here at Interval House and are thrilled to have helped 69 women and 71 children begin a new life free from domestic violence. But there is much more to be done, and we’re hoping for your support this holiday season.
December 10th marks International Human Rights Day, ending the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. This year’s theme, Human Rights 365, is a nod to the prevailing idea that basic human rights should be recognized every single day of the year. One of those basic rights? To have shelter and live without violence, in every town, city, and country across the globe. At Interval House, that is our hope for every woman and child leaving abusive homes.
For the 16 Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence (November 25-December 10), Interval House is featuring the amazing work being done by other violence against women agencies in the GTA. This is the third blog in our 16 Days Series.
It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the tragic massacre in Montreal. In 1989, 14 women studying engineering were murdered by Marc Lepine at L’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal – solely because of their gender.
Sadly, all these years later the problem of violence against women is as pervasive as ever. Everywhere you look, there’s another story in the news—from Ray Rice to Jian Ghomeshi to Bill Cosby and beyond, the epidemic of violence against women is worldwide and cuts across all classes.
For the 16 Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence (November 25-December 10), Interval House is featuring the amazing work being done by other violence against women agencies in the GTA. This is the first blog in our 16 Days Series.
The end of the year is fast approaching but before we bid farewell to 2014, there are a few facts that should be remembered. One in three women worldwide is a victim of abuse every day. In Canada, half of all women over the age of 16 have experienced violence in some form. Though sobering, these numbers are real, and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence works to spur conversation and shrink the statistics.
There has been an undoubted swell of conversation on violence against women in recent weeks. A few swipes on your smartphone or clicks on the computer and you’re reading another story about CBC host Jian Ghomeshi or football player Ray Rice. But still, domestic violence remains an unpopular topic that many are reluctant to discuss. And though current news is rife with many high-profile abuse cases, women are still unlikely to report abuse when it occurs.
It was a spook-tacular Halloween at Interval House! Both children and moms alike were filled with the fun and festive spirit for our Halloween party, which took place on October 30.
Hosted by a team of volunteers from CIBC, the party featured pumpkin carving and decorating, candy, and lots of fun! The kids loved dressing up in their amazing Halloween costumes donated by CIBC—we had an elephant, cows, Elmo, Spiderman, and a lady bug at Interval House that evening!