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‘Meri Awaaz’ event breaks silence on domestic violence!

To break the silence on domestic violence Mannu Sandhu and Jessie Lehail in community partnership with SFU Surrey have organized Meri Awaaz (My Voice).

The event is a public engagement workshop/symposium that aids in awareness, focused dialogue, and empowerment on the topic of abuse and South Asian women and collaboratively brings together various stakeholders.

“Domestic violence isn’t about any one socio-economic or ethnic group, this is about all of us. However, since Mannu and I are both South Asian, we felt it was our responsibility to create dialogue and collaboration within our own community,” said Jessie Lehail, Meri Awaaz co-organizer. “We want this event to be a catalyst to break the silence and stigma associated with domestic violence.”

Domestic violence killed 113 women in B.C. from 2004 to 2014, according to the province, and more than 12,300 police-reported victims of intimate partner violence throughout the province in 2013. Domestic violence is still the most pervasive forms of violence against women and continues to be perpetrated in their homes by the people they love.

“Women’s issues are human issues. Far-reaching concerns like gender equality, education, and access to markets affect men and women alike at work, home, and in our communities,” said Mannu Sandhu, Meri Awaaz co-organizer Meri Awaaz occurring on International Women’s Day is no coincidence. The day provides a powerful way to advocate for greater action and investment towards domestic violence. By joining forces with local experts and organization in the Lower Mainland, Meri Awaaz aims to leverage the collective resources to amplify discussion about domestic violence through various lenses.

The Meri Awaaz event will identify the ways in which culture shapes women’s responses to gender-based violence and their ability to find safety and security for themselves and their children; examine how South Asian women negotiate rights for themselves and their children when seeking services and support related to genderbased violence; work with community stakeholders to find collaborative solutions to help South Asian women.

There is no cost to attend, but donations are being collected for Surrey Women’s Centre. Anyone interested in the topic of domestic violence is encouraged to attend.

When: Sunday, March 8, 2015

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Where: Simon Fraser University, 250, 13450 –102nd Avenue Room 2600 Surrey, BC V3T 0A3, Canada

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