Each year during the third week of October, Canadians unite with people in over 90 countries around the world to mark YWCA’s Week Without Violence. This week-long series of community events promotes diverse approaches to creating a violence-free world. More than 9,500 people in schools, workplaces and neighbourhood organizations throughout Canada recognize this annual violence prevention initiative aimed at making violence a thing of the past.
In Kenora, there are a number of events planned including Monday's information session held by the Kenora Sexual Assault Centre, "I've been sexually assaulted: A community's response to healing", at the Northwestern Health Unit from 1:00pm-4:30pm. The event is an opportunity to bring a variety of service providers that deal with sexual assault to explain the services that they offer to the public.
Tuesday, a "Healthy Relationships" activity will be held at the Knox United Church, Wednesday, "Self Care" with the Kenora Chiefs Advisory and "Healthy Boundaries" with the Ne-Chee Friendship Centre.
Thursday, the Ontario Native Women's Association will be holding a self-defense course for youth and adults. Registration is required and you can do so by contacting ONWA at 1-800-667-0816 ext 8202.
Friday, the "Power of Being a Girl" conference will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. It's for girls aged 12 and over and it's a series of workshops and panel speakers promoting self confidence and reassurance for young women. The theme is "Social Media and how it affects young women and girls".
To wrap up the week, a dance will be held at Knox United Church on Friday evening!
Hear more on the week when Executive Director of Women's Place Kenora, Stephanie Petiquan, joins Ken on the Q-Morning show just after 8:00am tomorrow!