At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we believe every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential – both as individuals and citizens. We believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn be changing the course of a community’s future.
Start Talking is a place where we want to raise awareness of key issues that face today’s youth. We will sometimes advocate, sometimes educate, sometimes inform, sometimes ask questions and always invite discussion about the pressing concerns that involve the younger generations of today.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

International Women’s Day Celebration- Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence Against Women

On International Women's Day, Canadians participate in a worldwide celebration of women, peace and human rights. Canada's theme for International Women's Day 2013 is Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women.

Violence against women affects us all and men and women must be part of the solution. On International Women's Day 2013, The Status Women of Canada calls on all Canadians to work together to end violence against women. Violence is not just a women's issue: men have key roles to play in making our country safe for everyone.

A survey for the White Ribbon Campaign found 75% of men felt it was very important to speak out on violence against women, and 66% felt they could be doing more. Canada's theme aligns with United Nations Commission on the Status of Women's theme for its 57th session, Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

At Big Brothers Big Sisters we believe it is important to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image and setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life. Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is a group mentoring program for girls through Big Brothers Big Sisters that is geared towards girls between the ages of 12-14 and focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem.

For information on the Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds mentoring program, click here...

On International Women's Day and throughout International Women's Week 2013 (Sunday, March 3 to Saturday, March 9), Big Brothers Big Sisters joins Canadians from coast to coast as we reflect on the impacts of violence against women.

How are you celebrating International Women’s Day? Tell us below!

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