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Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Discrimination is a worldwide issue. The situation is so prevalent that the United Nations has been promoting the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence for over 30 years, every year, every November 25 – December 10. Unfortunately it is a very local and very serious issue right here in Nova Scotia, often hidden behind closed doors. Education and awareness throughout the general population are the first steps in helping to reduce and eradicate gender-based violence particularly violence against women and girls who are the greatest victims in this regard.

This November you are invited to attend two events designed to shed light on gender-based violence and domestic violence.

On Tuesday, November 21, 7:00 pm, Janice Cossar, a retired probation officer, will offer information and insight into the realities of gender-based issues at home and abroad.  She has extensive knowledge and has conducted numerous workshops on the subject to both co-workers and perpetrators. This presentation will be held in the hall of St George’s Church, 6310 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Head of St. Margaret’s Bay.

On  Sunday, November 26 at 2:00 pm, please join a guided Walk to Shine a Light on Gender-Based Violence that will start at the Bike and Bean Café, 5401 St Margaret's Bay Road, Upper Tantallon and continue along the trail to the dam at Mill Lake (approximately 1 kilometer). The trail will be lined with Red Silent Witness Silhouettes, providing opportunities for discussion and stark reminders of the silent suffering that these women endured. A time of reflection and candle lighting at Mill Lake will end the walk.

At the lake, there is a purple bench placed in memory of Paula Gallant.  Paula was a victim of domestic violence who died at the hands of her husband. Unfortunately she was 1 of 61 women who have been victims in Nova Scotia primarily out of sight within a domestic setting.