Artists gather at Dose Coffee to discuss women’s issues

December 6 is White Ribbon Day, part of a movement to acknowledge past crimes against women and look at current issues of abuse women face today.

Support and celebrate women at the December 6 event at Dose Coffee. Photo: Sam Manns/Unsplash

Support and celebrate women with the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society during an afternoon of creative sharing and discussion at Dose Coffee this Wednesday, December 6.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (White Ribbon Day) remembers those killed in a horrific massacre at the École Polytechnique University in Montreal in 1989. The event at Dose Coffee, will also recognise missing and murdered indigenous.

Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society staff, local artists and the community will gather at Dose Coffee to remember and discuss women’s issues.

The community in Revelstoke will gather from 2–4p.m. to share relevant music and stories. Abuse is multi-faceted — often unreported and invisible to outsiders. But Moving Forward coordinator Sanja Radovic, who organized the event, notes recent media coverage of sexual abuse and high-profile personalities has triggered a conversation about these issues, resulting in the MeToo hashtag.

The overwhelming number of participants in #MeToo highlighted the issues of harassment and abuse that women face today.

“MeToo united women and men through social media, inviting the global community to share their own experiences and get involved in a powerful movement against the well-established, deeply rooted behaviours that affect the vulnerable in their core, ” Radovic said.

“I would love to embed this optimism and solidarity into the event, to show vulnerable individuals that they are not alone and that this community stands behind them and wants them to be safe.”

December 6 remembers the bright potential that we will never know.

The birth of White Ribbon Day came after the terrible event in 1989 when a student massacred 14 of his fellow female students, and a male janitor. His actions traumatised a nation and brought the issue of violence against women to the forefront. The dead were bright students in engineering whose greatness we will never know. They had full lives, including 21-year-old Anne-Marie Edward who loved skiing so much she was buried in her ski team’s jacket.

In response to the tragedy, a group of men in Toronto came together to stop men’s violence against women. In 1991 they initiated the male-led movement known as White Ribbon.

Meanwhile today, Canadian indigenous women are statistically more likely to be affected by all forms of violence. They are over-represented among female Canadian homicide victims and are also more likely to go missing.

“We want to acknowledge the ways in which women have suffered violence due to their gender and perceived vulnerability,” Radovic said.

Along with the event at Dose Coffee, the shelter will also hold an information booth for Revelstoke Secondary School students at lunch.