Every year the Canadian Women’s Foundation runs the largest national campaign to end violence against women. The CWF supports a pledge-based work out, Move for Hope, in a number of Canadian cities, and for the second year Jennifer Rattray is the campaign chair for Winnipeg. The pledge-based work out is on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 and all the money raised in Manitoba stays in Manitoba with half of the funds going to shelters and half to violence prevention programs.
In 2013, the CWF gave funding to 21 grants to shelters in Manitoba (6 in Winnipeg). These grants are given with no restrictions, so the shelters are able to use the funding for whatever area they have the greatest need. Last year the 79K we raised through Move for Hope locally was used to provide additional funding to the 6 shelters in Winnipeg and well as supporting two violence prevention programs at Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad and Oyate Tipi Cumini Yape. This year we are hoping to raise more than 100K – and just as importantly raise greater awareness of this critical issue!
Manitobans face more domestic violence than people almost anywhere else in the country, as figures released earlier this year from Statistics Canada show. The per-capita rate of violence against Manitoba women is almost twice the national average. And that is only the violence that gets reported – as we know so much of it is kept hidden and this issue disproportionally impacts Indigenous women.