Thunder Bay, ON – November 25th is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This day launches 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, United Nations #orangetheworld campaign. The campaign ends on December 10th, Human Rights Day, emphasizing that violence against women is the most prevalent breach of human rights worldwide.
ONWA supports this international campaign through the Strong Hands Stop Violence project including an annual Poetry Night, Poetry Book, and an ongoing collective Art Project.
ONWA’s 2022 Strong Hand Stop Violence Poetry Night will be hosted in person and on Zoom on November 25th from 7:00-9:30 pm (EST). This year’s event will feature readings from both emerging and established poets including Al Hunter and Mary Black, plus an ongoing Art Project, and live musical performances from musician Sara Kanutski and special guest two-time Juno award winner Susan Aglukark. This special gathering provides an opportunity to create a space where Indigenous women and families can gather and celebrate their shared strength and resiliency.
Inspiring poets are encouraged to provide poetry submissions to be considered for ONWA’S 7th Annual publication Strong Hands Stop Violence which highlights poetry written by Indigenous women.
ONWA encourages all Chapters, Councils, organizations, and friends to join in on raising awareness of the need for safety for all Indigenous women, girls, and their families.
To learn more, to submit poetry or to register for the event visit: onwa.ca/strong-hands-stop-violence
For more information and media inquiries, contact:
Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager
Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)