Compassion Globally is working peacefully and collectively to substantially reduce Canada-wide abuse and sexual violence inflicted upon women and girls.
This is not another women’s issue — it is in fact a men’s issue that too often impinges upon the security of women and girls. We hasten to say that the majority of Canadian men are gentle and respectful. Sadly, the minority is too large and is desperately damaging.
The YWCA head office in Toronto recently advised us that in a single year, 460,000 Canadian women or girls were sexually violated.
Where is the breaking point?
How we can actually get the attention of all Canada’s leaders — social, political, business and religious — so that they will begin to address this continuing and brutal crisis that is ruining the lives of so many women and girls?
We rejoice at the brave actions of those in the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. There is no better time for a Canada-wide organization that is working sensitively and peacefully to make Canada more secure.
Only with men and women united together can we begin to substantially reduce this violence and abuse.
The four words that are important to Compassion Globally are:
Consensual • Respectful •
Gentle • Peaceful
We ask that people use the collective strength of groups that they are members of to challenge political, business and religious leaders to take a stand and commit to making positive changes for women and for girls.
Men across our nation can play an enormous role by setting an example and by teaching their children and their communities the joys and advantages of being gentle and respectful towards all women and all girls. The positive effects of this style of behaviour are endless.
As well, here on our site, you’ll find our changemaker’s reference library featuring:
- articles on countering sexism in the workplace, raising respectful kids and more;
- links to groups that are working to make change; and
- tips on writing effective letters and on asking your group for support.
How to Help:
Four ways to start making the change
1. Start early. From the time your wonderful infant draws her or his first breath, lovingly teach them to be gentle and respectful towards all others. One small step for male infants is to teach them, again lovingly, to be gentle and respectful towards all girls and all women. We made a gentle lullaby you can sing to your little one.
2. Group strength. Any group you already belong to — bridge, bowling, running, singing, anything — can use their "group energy" toward this vitally important issue. Together, they can speak to all the leaders in your community, be they business, political, religious, military or police. Insist they start NOW to work peacefully to substantially reduce this nationwide abuse and sexual violence. And if you're not part of a group, start one! Click here for tips on individual or group action.
3. Hold politicians accountable. In order to win your vote, insist that every politician - local, provincial and national - include in their platform a ‘plank’ that deals with this enormous abuse and sexual violence.
4. Fix the legal system. Ask that all lawyers in our nation work, in unison, to reduce the adversarial aspects of the courts when dealing with rape cases. Experts can make these cases more manageable for those women and men who are attempting to receive a just response.
Changemaker’s Reference Library
With listings of worthy groups that are creating change, and links to articles with helpful information, this collection of articles and references will help you be an agent of change!
Latest article: 5 ways men can address — and help prevent — sexual harassment at work (cnbc.com)
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