Grades seven and eight students from Carleton Village Public School joined Chief Mark Saunders, Superintendent Heinz Kuck and other Service members to celebrate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25.
Beginning on that day, and concluding on December 10 which is Human Rights Day, 16 days of activism are observed to end violence against women and girls around the globe.
Students and officers tied orange balloons and streamers to trees on Osler St. on the east side of 11 Division. They will be removed on December 10.
Kuck said peaceful activism is critical to let people know that violence against women and girls is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“With this activism, hopefully, will come societal change,” he said. “This is where it starts with you today.”
Saunders said it's crucial that society continues to speak up against violence when it comes to females.
“Here we are, in 2016, and we have to have a day like this,” he said. “That’s sad. This is an important day and it’s critical we get the message out.”
Julie Dzerowicz, the Member of Parliament for Davenport, joined in the chorus, denouncing violence against women.
“We all have a duty to treat each other with respect and ensure that women are treated equally and fairly,” she said. “I believe girls and women can do anything they want to do.”
Carleton Village Public School principal Lorelei Eccleston said men, women and children have a responsibility to ensure that females live in violence-free societies.
“I will continue to work hard to make sure my voice is heard,” she said. “Things are getting better, but there is still much more work to be done. Women deserve to be true members of society.”
Participants at the celebration used chalk to write messages of goodwill and hope on the Osler St. sidewalk. The Chief wrote: "Equality is the answer" on the sidewalk.