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A.N.B.U. Hosts “Bring an Aunty” Event in Scarborough

By Sidrah Ahmad

Initiating conversations about domestic violence can be daunting, and it takes creativity to develop safe enough spaces to have these important discussions. On July 15 2017 at the Afghan Women’s Organization in Mississauga, IRCNFF Peer Champion Rhona Rahmani hosted “Sewing Love into Our Communities”, an innovative workshop that brought together women from the Afghan community to learn traditional embroidery and discuss domestic violence.

The LOVE Walk is a social change initiative, created and founded by Althea Knight, to promote love, joy and safety for all women and children, and everyone, by raising awareness to increase bystander intervention and support, for women and children who are experiencing violence.

Ramadan is a holy month of fasting for Muslims around the world; a time of spiritual renewal, charity and reflection. IRCNFF Peer Champion Imam Mohammed Bemat, Imam of the Newmarket mosque, marked the third Friday of Ramadan by educating this congregation about violence against women and sharing resources about abuse with the community.

Abuse and isolation go hand in hand. In many domestic violence situations, what happens “behind closed doors” is supposed to be kept secret, in the home, or the “family’s business”. When there are public events about violence and abuse, it is a powerful way to break the silence.