15 Steps To Fight Violence Against Women

Toronto, Ontario

November 26, 2004


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15 Steps To Fight Violence Against Women
15 Steps To Fight Violence Against Women
dated November 26, 2004

Toronto, Ontario
November 26, 2004
       The CAW has joined forces with the Canadian Labour Congress and other activist groups to gain public and political support to Stop Violence Against Women. At a press conference in Toronto, Peggy Nash, assistant to CAW national President and co chair of the CLC's National Women's Committee outlined how the"15 days and 15 ways To Stop Violence Against Women Campaign" works.

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "Every day we are asking participants to tear out a post card, in this post card book, each post card relates to a particular issue. We're asking them to sign the post card, drop it in the mail. No postage stamp necessary, to Paul Martin, calling on our federal government to show leadership right across the country to help reduce and ultimately end violence against women."

       Over a million post card kits have been distributed across Canada. Nash said the campaign is an opportunity for CAW members and the public to be pro-active instead of just mourning the victims.



Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "We believe that if enough of our members and the general public sign these post cards and get them to Paul Martin, that because there is a minority government federally, there will be pressure for him to act."

       The national post card campaign is tied in with local efforts to raise money for shelters for abused women and children. In Toronto, television star Sonja Smits, an honorary member of the Redwood Shelter Board urged the public to open their hearts and their wallets.

Sonya Smits
Redwood Board Member

       "The need for increased funding for service for abused women and children is urgent. These services change women and children's lives; in fact they save children and women's lives."

       Despite government and United Way funding, the Redwood Shelter, like other shelters across the country, is forced to raise additional money to cover their costs. Nash feels the government should fully fund the shelters in Canada.

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "It is tragic that a shelter has to raise $250,000 a year through fund raising rather than focusing on what it does best which is its core service of helping women and children get out of abusive situations and make the transition to a safe, healthy life style."

       The 15 Days 15 Ways Campaign outlines what can be done, if the government and the public work together.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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