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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ACT Alberta Study on Labour Trafficking in Edmonton Released — “Canada is a cold jail”

human-trafficking EdmontonThe final report of the study, “Labour Trafficking in Edmonton: Holding Tight to a Double-Edged Sword” has officially been released. This project, the first of its kind in Canada, explores the hidden intricacies of labour trafficking in Edmonton. Through interviews and focus groups with local experts, criminal justice representatives, government officials, and service providers, this study has produced a local body of knowledge on the realities of labour trafficking in Edmonton. This study found that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is the primary vehicle by which labour trafficking occurs in Edmonton. Recruiters and employers manipulate this program and traffic workers both into and across Canada. Many businesses in Edmonton reap immense profits off the backs of victims of labour trafficking, who often work and live in deplorable conditions.

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TELUS launches Internet for Good Pilot to Support 15,000 Alberta Families

single-parents TELUS announced a new pilot program on November 24, 2016 that offers low-cost Internet service to single parent families receiving financial support through the Alberta Works Income Support and Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped programs. In early 2017, approximately 15,000 single-parent families currently receiving assistance through these programs will receive a coupon code in the mail. The code will allow them to activate TELUS’ offer of Internet service for $9.95 a month. This innovative pilot program is entirely funded by TELUS and comes at no cost to taxpayers or the government. Program participants will also have access to TELUS WISE, an innovative program dedicated to educating Canadians about Internet safety and equipping families with the tools they need to have conversations with their children and loved ones about online and smartphone safety.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Runs from November 25 to December 10, 2016

activismThe 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and end on International Human Rights Day on December 10. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was designated in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly. The date was chosen to commemorate the lives of the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic who were violently assassinated in 1960. The day pays tribute to them, as well as urging global recognition of gender violence. Each year on this day, governments, international organizations and NGOs are invited to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem.

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