address the impact of gender-based violence from a feminist, trauma informed, woman centered, strengths-based lens serving women and self-identified women who are transgendered
remain a valued stakeholder in our community's coordinated social response to reduce violence against women
promote community inclusion through grassroots social action to increase Community's understanding of Itself as an integral partner in reducing gender-based violence
embrace the growing global movement of allied men as a vital resource for reducing and eliminating all forms of violence against women and young girls
We recognize the need for a dedicated Cowichan Valley information and emotional support line specifically for women currently experiencing or at risk of relationship abuse/violence, sexualized assault or sexual exploitation.
We recognize the need for outreach services for women entrenched in survival sex trade, for women at risk of human trafficking, and youth at risk of sexual exploitation.
We recognize the need for the accused to develop a plan for maintaining safety and mitigating risk for their victims of relationship violence in Duncan's designated domestic violence court.
We recognize the value of a drop-in woman-centered service that meets the need in the moment women express a need for support and safety. Drop-in support reduces barriers to service by eliminating wait lists.
We recognize the need for psycho-educational support groups grounded in feminist theory for men who want to end their use of abuse in intimate partner relationships and build relationships based on equality and respect.
to preserve the dignity and value of women and self-identified women who are transgendered by providing services grounded in feminist theory and cultural competence addressing gender-based violence and its impact on women, youth and families in the Cowichan Valley
Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. Gender-based violence (GBV) is based on socially ascribed differences between males and females. While men and boys can be victims/survivors of some types of GBV (particularly sexual violence), GBV has a greater impact on women and girls. It undermines the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims, yet it remains shrouded in a culture of silence. Cutting across ethnicity, race, class, religion, education level, and international borders GBV is derived from unequal power relationships between men and women. Violence is directed specifically against a woman because she is a woman. An estimated one in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
This 'spiral goddess' represents Eternal Woman. The spiral depicts the perpetual motion of Woman's creativity. We are life givers and are to be honoured for our inherent creative power that seeks balance. She is holding up the heart of Creation for this is what Woman does; we are natural nurturers caring for all life on Mother Earth. "A Nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground, then it is done, no matter how brave its warriors or how strong its weapons."