[Photo: National Day of Remembrance, First Met Sanctuary, Dec. 6, 2020]
The Greater Victoria community has gathered at First Met for decades to mark Dec. 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Pandemic restrictions this year prevented that from happening.
A message below from Rev. Shelagh MacKinnon
For help against domestic violence:
Domestic Violence BC Helpline: 1-800-563-0808
Domestic Violence BC Website: http://www.domesticviolencebc.ca/
The Cridge Transition House for Women: 250-479-3963 any time of day or night.
The International Campaign of "16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence" ends on Dec. 10, Human Rights Day. And this year, the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security coincides with these dates.
How can you help remember?
1) Use your phone to film a 60-90 second (maximum) statement against one particular kind of violence that you feel passionate about or affects you personally
2) Wear or show something red (red dress, red scarf, red candle, red cloth, etc)
3) Light a candle
4) Reference Dec. 6
5) Use hashtags like these to spread the word on your posts on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter: #16DaysofActivism #OurActionsMatter #FirstMetDec6th #MMIWG #MMIWG2s #ActiveHope #NationalDayOfRemembrance
6) share your video on your social media and with us at First Met and we will share to everyone on our list from last year to share on their social media
Please contact Janet Gray if you will participate.
When you speak, make a simple statement about, for example, a specific way gender-based violence manifests, about resources to support women, your vision for a world without violence. Song, poetry or art of any kind works too!
Include the items above in some way in your video and then share it with us and others anytime during the '16 days of activism', Nov.25-Dec. 10.
Below: National Day of Remembrance candle lighting at First Met, 2019
Mon-Thurs 9 AM-noon
Aug - Mon-Thu 10AM-2PM
Need urgent pastoral care after hours? Please call the church at (250) 388-5188, press 4, then wait on the line.
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