Sometimes we get so absorbed with solely making our own lives better and overlook the value of our human connection. It is vital to remind ourselves and each other what’s important and what truly matters in the core of our hearts. A common belief that when everybody is equal, together, we are all free. We need to remember that the challenges, atrocities and issues that present themselves in other lives can happen to anybody. Ultimately, gender-based issues, women’s issues, children’s issues, marginalized groups’ issues belong to the responsibility of each and every one of us. In fact, the most significant reminder may be the toughest of all – that’s changing ourselves.
We have the ability to help others protect their basic human right to dignity, security and liberty. All of us have a height of freedom that is unthinkable for millions of women, people around the world and even, for many in our own surroundings. There are women who live in severe danger and face varied levels of abuse just by being themselves or – trying to have a voice. Whether subtle or explicit, violence and abuse is everywhere: in the industries we work in, in businesses, in schools, in politics, and the most dangerous place for some women: their own homes. It is a crime against humanity, one that impairs the woman, the families, communities and future generations.
We can continue our commitment to putting these issues front and centre and approach them holistically, in how we interact in relationships, in the love we give to our duties, by shifting our attitudes that permits the routine harassment, by promoting a culture of equality, by participating and by building the core belief into your everyday human efforts.
Charity begins at home and grows from there. To that end, we need to work strongly with one another and be deliberate about creating a truly equal and just society. Universally, these are investments that never fail and we build a fruitful humanity by what we give, not what we get.
On December 10th 2018, together with 70+ guests, we raised over $2500+ and 8 large packages of in-kind donations filled with new clothing, toiletries, gift cards and baby items. Thank you all for doing some good with us! Your continued support goes a long way: womenshabitat.ca/how-to-help/donate
Big thanks to all of our sponsors for helping us fulfill our initiative: Ari of Muula Humanetics, Meridian Credit Union, S1 Group, Localboom, The Richmond, Lux Furniture Rentals, Stemz Floral & Event, Blaze Pizza (John Street), Crave Healthy Habits, Vieni Estates, Kensington Brewery, Sweet Carnival Cakes, St Royals Entertainment, Pussy Willow Floral Studio, Simply Protein, Flow Alkaline Water, Tara Noelle Photography, Silvia Samsa, Lina Almanzan and all of our cherished contributors and collaborators.
#TOGETHERFORWOMEN event photos can be found here: https://bit.ly/2C6ZsT9