#HerLight Campaign

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“Millions of women and girls around the world are assaulted, beaten, raped, mutilated or even murdered in what constitutes appalling violations of their human rights. [...] We must fundamentally challenge the culture of discrimination that allows violence to continue. On this International Day, I call on all governments to make good on their pledges to end all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world, and I urge all people to support this important goal.”
                                    -UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

“Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation. And it is perhaps the most pervasive.  It knows no boundaries or geography, culture or wealth.  As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development and peace.”
                                    -Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan


November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  It is a critical opportunity for local, national, and international communities to take pause; reflect on the causes and the pervasiveness of violence against women worldwide; and to contemplate meaningful actions to bring an end to the violence.

To mark this day annually, November 25th will officially launch the One Spark #HerLight Campaign. This campaign asks people to place lit candles in their windows on December 6th, which is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Between November 25th and December 6th, we are also encouraging people to post pictures and videos on social media talking about and honouring the light of women and girls in your life, using the hashtag #HerLight.

The meaning of the lit candles on December 6th is three-fold: to honour the women we have lost to violence; to give hope to women experiencing violence; and to bring the issue of violence against women out of the darkness. With a goal of one million people lighting candles on December 6th, we hope women experiencing violence will find strength and encouragement through a mass outward display of community support.

What can you do?

First, please remember to put lit candles in your window(s) on December 6th.  Show your willingness to stand with women experiencing violence and honour those that have been lost to violence.  Use this opportunity to talk to your families, friends, and children about preventing and ending violence.

Second, post pictures of your lit candles on your social media accounts using the hashtag #HerLight. Be sure to also post them on the One Spark Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/onesparkcanada).  In addition to glowing windows, we want social media to light up with hope, and to demonstrate an international commitment to ending violence against women.

Third, between November 25th and December 6th, post pictures and videos on social media talking about or showing the light of women and girls in your life, using the hashtag #HerLight.

Third, promote the #HerLight Campaign through your social networks. Our goal is to have pictures and videos on social media honouring the light of women, and on December 6th, to have one spark become a million glowing candles that send a message of hope to women experiencing violence, as well as a message that our communities will not tolerate violence. 

Finally, “like” the One Spark page on Facebook for updates on the campaign and for information that you can share with your networks.  You can also follow us on Twitter a @onesparkcanada as well as get updates through the One Spark company page on LinkedIn.

Why is this Campaign Important?

Isolation, fear, and shame may all be part of a woman’s experience when she is living with violence.  This campaign is a powerful reminder to women that their community is ready to support them. It is also an impactful way for communities to make the statement that they will not tolerate violence. On average, in Canada a woman is killed every 6 days as a result of domestic violence and on any given night there are 3,300 women and their 3,000 children staying in a women’s shelter. This issue pervades all of our communities, and it is time to shine a light on it in order to end the violence.
 

 

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