YWCA Toronto

YWCA Toronto

October 13, 2010 14:03 ET

YWCA Toronto: Imagine a Week Without Violence

October 11 to 21, 2010

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2010) -

Attention News/Assignment Editors/Entertainment Editors:

YWCA Toronto is inviting communities to consider the impact that violence has on the lives of women and to imagine peace, as we celebrate the 14th annual Week Without Violence. 

Event: Week Without Violence High School Assemblies
When: Throughout the week (call for more information)
Who: A range of speakers who have experienced bullying and violence share their personal journeys with high school students.
Event: The Power of Being a Girl™ Talk Show
When: Thursday, October 14, 9:30am to 11:30am
Where: Coliseum Scarborough Cinema, Scarborough Town Centre (300 Borough Dr.)
Who: Xania Khan, Editor-in-Chief of Vervegirl Magazine; Dr. Marjorie Dixon, Gynecologist and Infertility specialist; Kim Tanzer, KTP Counselling; Andrea Bruner, YWCA Toronto, Safe Sisters; YWCA program participants.
What: Approx. 400 girls in Gr. 7 and 8 will hear from women who are experts in different fields about their personal challenges and triumphs.
  Topics: bullying, girls' health, self-esteem, body image, stress management, and preventing violence in the lives of girls.
Event: YWCA girlJAM7
When: Friday October 15, 7pm to 10pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Where: Buddies in Bad Times Theater (12 Alexander St.)
Who: Abstract Random & Ayo Leilani, Qwyn Charter, Kyla Charter, Liya, Jennie McKnight, Veronica Domingues, DJ Quinces; hosted by Sangita Patel, CityNews Weather Specialist and Reporter.
What: An all-ages concert to end violence featuring young women performers and singers in support of ending violence against women and girls.
Event: Common Ground Conference: Power of Being a Girl, Respect for Being a Boy
When: Thursday, October 21, 9am to 4pm
Where: CNIB Conference Centre, 1949 Bayview Ave. (north of Eglinton)
Who: High school students from across the city
What: Hosted by YWCA Toronto and the White Ribbon Campaign and presented by OSSTF District 12, Common Ground is a free one-day conference that helps "build common ground" between young women and young men in Toronto, with a particular focus on finding solutions to gender-based violence.

Week Without Violence is a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a violence-free world. More than 17,000 people in schools, workplaces and neighbourhood organizations throughout Canada recognize this annual violence prevention initiative.

YWCA Toronto is the city's trusted multi-service organization by, for and about women and girls, serving 26,000 people across the GTA each year. 

Interviews can be arranged with the speakers, musicians, or with YWCA Toronto program staff.

Contact Information

  • YWCA Toronto
    Raine Liliefeldt
    416-961-8101 ext. 326