Sarnia-Lambton marks 16 days of activism

The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre Sarnia-Lambton is boosting awareness of violence against girls and women as part of a global campaign.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence starts November 25 and runs until December 10.

“As an agency, we are trying to fill those 16 days and be visible in the community. We’re doing a lot of social media posts, little videos, hopefully, some webinars,” said Public Education Coordinator Trish Vanoosterom. “We will be having a vigil on December 6, the day of remembrance.”

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women was established after the murders of 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989.

Vanoosterom said local residents will gather for the vigil at Sarnia City Hall, beginning at 5:15 p.m. Guest speakers will include Jessica Plain and Tash Barwise.

Global Donuts & Deli is also partnering with the centre and the Women’s Interval Home of Sarnia Lambton on December 5 to raise funds for the organizations.

“We have seen a spike in numbers and our intakes have been increasing so any sort of monetary help is very appreciated and needed for us,” said Vanoosterom.

The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre recently made a plea for Lambton County council to support the call for additional funding from the provincial government in order to address the increase in need.