Wrapped in Courage" flag.

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Nov. 25 to Dec. 10 marks 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), Welland and District requested at the October 11, 2022, Council Meeting that the City of Port Colborne join with other communities in the region, across Canada and around the world to support the United Nations ‘UNiTE to End Violence Against Women and Girls Orange Campaign’. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence begins on November 25 (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and ends on December 10 (International Human Rights Day). The 16 Days Campaign invites governments, citizen organizations and individuals to mark these days with actions that increase awareness and stimulate discussion of this important issue. The Campaign uses the colour ORANGE to symbolize our hope for a brighter future.

During these 16 days the cupola at City Hall, 66 Charlotte Street, will be lit orange to show solidarity with the UNiTE initiative.

On Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, the purple "Wrapped in Courage" flag was raised at City Hall to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The CFUW will also be creating public awareness art displays in the city. Their exhibit is inspired by the “REDress Project” a nation-wide movement originating with Metis artist, Jamie Black. Ms. Black has encouraged citizen groups to hang red dresses to draw attention to the plight of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Canada and to encourage “redress” of this issue.

Approximately three to seven red dresses will be hung on hangars on trees on public property along West Street (close to the Welland Canal and the Clarence Street Bridge) and at Seaway Park, from Nov. 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) until Dec. 10 (International Human Rights Day).