Hockey Alberta is Leading Change for Women in Alberta

ACWS-logoOn International Woman’s Day the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) is pleased to announce a set of new pilot programs with Hockey Alberta. These programmes are in connection with ACWS’s call to action to end violence and abuse against women. ACWS is scheduled to host Leading Change training sessions on gender-based violence prevention for Hockey Alberta staff, for the Future Leaders coaches leading players as well as at the provincial Hockey Combine this summer. “Hockey Alberta is keen to provide this opportunity for our staff, Future Leaders program and some of our high performance athletes to experience the Leading Change program,” shared Rob Litwinski, CEO of Hockey Alberta. 

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Celebrate National Social Work Week from March 5 to 11, 2017 with Events Throughout Alberta

Social Work Week 2017The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) is celebrating National Social Work Week through a series of activities celebrating the important work that social workers do together with public and stakeholders.  National Social Work week is a time to educate the public about the wide range of professional services and supports provided by Registered Social Workers in varied fields of practice. This year’s theme “the power to empower” highlights the role social workers have to help people, families and communities across the country to create real change around real life issues.  Every year in March, Canada celebrates the important contributions of these social justice professionals!

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Alberta Hate Crime Committee Launches “#StopHateAB” Website

Alberta-Hate-CrimesThe new resource will provide Albertans a space to record and document hate incidents in the province. The Alberta Hate Crime Committee (AHCC) announced today the launch of its new initiative, www.StopHateAb.ca. The StopHateAB.ca website will provide a space for Albertans to record and document hate incidents in order to improve awareness and education about hate incidents in our communities to the wider public. Given the recent amount of hate-related incidents that have come to public attention, there is a significant need to collect and track these incidents. While Statistics Canada provides annual reports on hate crimes, there is currently no space to document hate incidents. 

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Edmonton to Join in Solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017

Womens-MarchIn the spirit of diversity, equality and inclusivity, Canadians across the country will rally in the United States and over 20 countries on Saturday, January 21, 2017, in support of the Women’s March on Washington. The recent U.S. election is a reminder for all of us that the rights, freedoms, and sense of safety we cherish are not to be taken for granted. We will gather to say loudly and clearly that we will not tolerate discrimination, and that we will stand in support of all those who have been (and continue to be) the targets of hatred and closed minds. By marching and rallying in solidarity on January 21, 2017, we are saying that we intend to remain vigilant, here in our country to ensure that the hard-fought gains that have been achieved are not reversed or diluted.

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Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters Launches the “Lift Her Up” Campaign in Support of Women in Politics

lift her up campaignThe Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters has created a campaign “Lift her Up”, to counter the misogynist rallying cry heard on the steps of the Alberta legislature last weekend. Contrary to the copy-cat cries to “Lock her Up” , we know – based on a survey conducted earlier this year, that most men in Alberta agree that sexist, violent language and the sexualization of women in media and popular culture helps to legitimize violence against women”. In fact, we have seen improvements in men’s attitudes about violence against women over the last four years, according to a study conducted for ACWS by Leger Marketing. Shelter directors gathered in Edmonton for their December meeting voiced the concern about the effect these hateful messages have on our province’s boys and girls. 

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