December 6th – National Day of Rememberance and Action

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December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

There are two events honouring this day in Hamilton, one in the community at the Worker’s Arts & Heritage Centre at 5:30pm and one at McMaster Unviersity at 12:30pm.  Please see below for details of both events:

On December 6th, 2011 We Remember…
…that 14 women were gunned down at a University in Montreal on December 6th, 1989
…that over 600 Aboriginal women and girls are missing or have been murdered across Canada
…that over 400 women (and their children) have been killed by an intimate partner in Ontario over the last 20 years
…that right now, hundreds of Hamilton women are living in fear
…that there is still more work to do to end violence against women

Every year, on December 6th, the Hamilton community gathers in ceremony and reflection to honour the women who have been murdered at the hands of violence, and for all women who continue to be affected by violence.  The Women’s Centre of Hamilton invites you to this year’s event at the Worker’s Arts & Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St in Hamilton.

When: Tuesday, December 6th

  • 5:30pm Art Display
  • 6:00pm Opening Ceremony
  • 6:15pm Speakers
  • 7:15pm Candlelight Vigil
  • 7:30pm Refreshments

Where: Worker’s Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart Street, Hamilton

For more info contact the Women’s Centre of Hamilton 905-522-0127.

We come together as a community to remember, because no woman should have to live in fear.

When: Tuesday, December 6 at 12:30pm
Where: JHE Annex Room 102, McMaster University, Hamilton

We remember all those affected by gendered violence. We remember the 14 women murdered in the 1989 “Montreal Massacre”.  We remember the more than 582 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or murdered in Canada.  Refreshments will be served following the scattering of rose petals.

Presented by McMaster University’s Anti-Violence Network.

For more information or accessibility requirements, please contact Vilma at (905) 525-9140 x 24235.

 

Survivors and Substance Use Group

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SACHA and the City of Hamilton’s Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Services are co-presenting a support group for women-identified folks who are survivors of sexual violence and struggle with substance use.

The ten week group starts on Thursday, November 17th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Please call Karen Demaline – 905.546.3606 x2007 – or Diane Sharp – 905.525.4573 x224 – to book an appointment to find our more information about the group.

Lies We’re Told About Rape

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SACHA will be at Mohawk College on Wednesday, November 16th from 12-1pm in room A221A.

We’re going to be leading a participatory workshop on the lies that we are told about rape.

This workshop is presented by Mohawk’s School of Human Services and Mohawk’s Counselling Services.

Check out a PDF of the poster here.

TBTN Wrap-Up

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The wind was mighty as were spirits at the thirtieth annual Take Back the Night in Hamilton!

photo by Audra Petrulis

Women-identified folks started arriving at Hamilton City Hall in the early evening to check out the over twenty-five community organizations, to chat about the work that they do and to get some amazing free give aways.

photo by Audra Petrulis

TBTN participants popped by the SACHA table to pick up information about what they can do to end sexual violence and some free buttons and patches.

Photo by Audra Petrulis

photo by Karen Madden

Both the glitter covered sign making table and the henna tattoo artists were busy all evening.

photo by Audra Petrulis

photo by Audra Petrulis

photo by Karen Madden

Kathryn Kimmins from Laugh Yourself Healthy lead the growing number of women in laughter yoga.

photo by Karen Madden

photo by Audra Petrulis

After the crowd was sufficiently warmed up and had had a hearty laugh, Hamilton’s Queen Cee sang while her incredible BE-You-tiful Girls Club surprised us with a dance with the whole crowd joining in for the last verse.

Photo by Karen Madden

As the sun was setting, Anne Marie from the YWCA got women warmed up for the march by leading participants in some energetic Zumba.

photo by Karen Madden

Then it was time for the TBTN Awards!  Most inclusive display went tot the Hamilton District Labour Council with a shout out to the AIDS Network.

photo by Karen Madden

Mohawk College won the award for most women from an organization with huge shoutouts to the YWCA and WomanKind who both put lots of energy and spirit into TBTN this year.

photo by Karen Madden

The best sign shoutouts went to the Hamilton Katimavik group and Sylvia.  The winner of the best sign was Amelia, who’s sign read:

“I Take Back the Night…

…Because I cannot take back the day on which I was raped;

…Because I cannot take back the time spent in court;

…Because I cannot take back the energy devoted to supporting myself (when my friends turned their backs);

I Take Back the Night because I cannot take back all the love I shared in 14 months in an abusive relationship!”

photo by SACHA

photo by Audra Petrulis

photo by Audra Petrulis

Once the giant puppets (created by Melanie Skene of Many Hands Art) and the samba squad (Rhythms of Resistance Toronto) were ready over one thousand five hundred women (as guessed by Hamilton Police) gathered behind the SACHA banner and  headed out to the streets for the march.

photo by Karen Madden

photo by Karen Madden

photo by Karen Madden

photo by Audra Petrulis

photo by Karen Madden

As the march rounded the corner of James and King, the women marching saw the male allies on the sidelines cheering on the TBTN participants.

photo by Audra Petrulis

The marchers returned to City Hall to share some incredible food and watch some awesome fire spinning.

photo by Karen Madden

photo by Karen Madden

It was an amazing night full of strong empowered women identified folks.  It felt special to be a part of it.  Thanks to everyone who helped make the event happen – the TBTN committee, TBTN event volunteers, SACHA’s sewing volunteers, SACHA staff and our donors.  I cannot wait for our thirty-first year of TBTN in Hamilton!

— erin