Events and Programs
KWRGS is involved in a number of events and programs which advocate for woman’s rights and provide services for women in need. Some of these events include:
December 6th, Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women began to commemorate the 1989 massacre of 14 women who were killed for being female by 1 man in Montreal at l’ecole Polytechnique. This annual event is in remembrance of their lives, and the lives of all women affected by violence worldwide. It aims to spur men to take responsibility for their actions, and to partner with women to end the global crisis of violence against women. A candlelight vigil is held to commemorate the lives of the 14 victims and of other women who have been the victims of gender-based violence and assault.
V-Day stages performances and produces innovative gatherings to educate and change social attitudes towards violence against women. V-day is a process:Â We will work as long as it takes. We will not stop until the violence stops!
The V-Day movement is growing at a rapid pace throughout the world, in 130 countries from Europe to Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and all of North America. V-Day, a non-profit corporation, distrutes funds to grassroots, national and internation organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. In 10 years, the V-Day movement has raised over $70 million.
The “V” in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina. for more information see their website.
A Roomful of Missing Women Art Exhibit by Betty Kovacic was held from March 7th to April 5th, 2008 at the Arnica Artist Run Centre in Kamloops. This exhibit featured fifty portraits, one for each of the first fifty women who disappeared from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, as well as fifty shrouded blow-up dolls wearing sashes inscribed with childhood aspirations. We were fortunate to have Maggie de Vries, sister of missing woman Sarah de Vries, as our guest speaker at the opening. The exhibit aims to give a face to each of the missing women, and to enable viewers to acknowledge the women’s individual significance, and our common humanity. It addresses the global problem of male violence against women, and challenges the aspects of our society which marginalize women, recognizing the women as victims of both gender-based violence and of a society which failed them.
Conferences attended by our board and staff members include (In)Visibility, Global Citizens and Elizabeth Fry. October 2008, member Emily Ferguson and Co-chair Heather Robinson Attended (In) Visibility: Women Empowering Women Conference in Prince George, BC. They attended many different workshops on various social issues women face, and had the opportunity to network with women from other women’s centres around BC.
In February 2008 staff member Emily and Board member Julie Drolet participated in the Global Citizens Conference at TRU. There were members representing many different Kamloops agencies and organizations that worked on social justice and humanitarian causes both locally and internationally.
As well, members and Board members attended this year’s Elizabeth Fry’s conference put on by West Coast LEAF. This was a workshop on legal education.
In October 2008 two staff members and five members of the Kamloops Women’s Resource Group Society went to Montreal to attend Waves of Resistance, the Pan-Canadian Gathering of Young Feminists. They gathered together with young women across Canada to attend workshops and discuss ways to deepen the roots of the young feminist movement across Canada.
Not Just A Tea Party: Celebrating Women’s Contribution to Community Life Book Launch & Monument:Â Recognizing Women Art Show .Â This took place at Interior Savings Centre Rivers Room on Monday, November 16th, 2009. We had a reception, Guest Speakers, and an Art Show and Book Signing.