Week Without Violence

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Take part in YWCA Week Without Violence™ October 17 - 23, 2016

Each year during the third week of October, Canadians bond with people in over 90 countries around the world to mark YWCA’s Week Without Violence™, a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a violence-free world. More than 9,500 people in schools, workplaces and neighbourhood organizations throughout Canada recognize this annual violence prevention initiative aimed at making violence a thing of the past.

When was the last time you did something as simple as being nice? This year we're aiming to eliminate violence in communities during the 20th annual Week Without Violence(TM) campaign taking place October 17th through 23rd. Whether it is a family member, friend, co-worker or complete stranger, we're aiming to spread this initiative to help create safer, more inclusive communities, nationally. This year's Week Without Violence aims to channel positive messages and to help youth and adults take the time to think about how their relations affect the people around them and the world they live in.

New this year, we've created Facebook Timeline cover images in English and French to help you spread the word about the Week Without Violence. We've also created fun, customized Random Act of Kindness "Post-Its" to make it easy for you to create your very own "random acts of kindness" by writing positive messages to share with others. It's an easy and meaningful way for everyone to "Be Nice" to each other.

*NEW!* Click here and download these custom Facebook Timeline cover images and Random Act of Kindness custom "post-its". Spread the word about Week Without Violence to your family, friends and co-workers!

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Power of Being a Girl

As part of YWCA Canada’s commitment to violence prevention initiatives for girls and young women,Power of Being a Girl™ is a signature violence-prevention conference for girls ages 12-17 hosted during the Week Without Violence™. This unique program responds to individual community needs and is coordinated by local YWCA Member Associations.

Power of Being a Girl™ offers a day of fun in a safe and moderated environment with informative and educational programming, focusing on girls' developmental needs to prevent violence in their lives while encouraging leadership in the planning and organization of the event.

Girls leave the conference excited about what they learned, anxious to share with their friends and show an interest in attending other YWCA programs.

For more information, check out our Power of Being a Girl™ brochure.