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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.
The path to global mobilization is built first at the local level. Its foundations lay in discussions among friends, on Twitter, in community forums. From there, ideas are analyzed, shared, and retweeted. Over the past 16 days, we’ve profiled some important campaigns around the GTA to have these important conversations about violence against women, such as METRAC’s Thrive forum and the Assaulted Women’s Helpline Twitter campaign. There is a multitude of ways to spread the word and build solidarity.
While the 16 Days of Activism have come to a close, there is still time every day to help women who are survivors of violence. Interval House is devoted to making sure women’s rights are being met, whether they need a bed, a safe space, or the confidence to rebuild their lives.