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Engaging the Business Community:

This year, Be the Peace will begin to engage the business community as important partners in addressing violence against women. Presentations to Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce will be offered with various options for participation that might include presentations, workshops and support for employers and employees on the costs of violence to a business and a community, resources and encouragement for people to seek assistance as needed, workshops on non-violent communication, building compassionate businesses, and the possibility of establishing a Youth Initiatives Fund to support preventive programming for youth.

We are welcoming the opportunity to offer a presentation to any business group in the Lunenburg County area. The first is scheduled with the Lunenburg Board of Trade on October 24.

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Save the Date for One Billion Rising for Justice:

One Billion Rising for Justice!
Days of awareness to end violence against women planned on the South Shore

On February 14, 2013, one billion people around the world participated in One Billion Rising and danced to end violence against women and girls. It was the largest day of action in the history of the world, and the South Shore was part of it.

One in three females across the world will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. That number translates into one billion women and girls who are, or have been, victims of violence. In 2014, One Billion Rising for Justice will call victims/survivors of violence and those who love them to break the silence and release their stories through spoken word, song, dance, marches, and testimonies. One Billion Rising for Justice will focus the worlds' attention on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence, and on ending the secrecy and impunity that prevails everywhere across the world.

Two community events similar to those from last year are planned:

1. Lunenburg Rising! Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Lunenburg Farmers' Market - 10:00 a.m. and
2. Bridgewater Rising! Friday, March 7, 2014 at Centre Court, Bridgewater Mall - 12:30 p.m.

And there will indeed be dancing! At each of these events, we will rise and dance to bring awareness to the need to end violence against women and girls in Lunenburg County and throughout the world.

Everyone is invited. Rise. Release. Dance!

If you would like to find out more, please contact helen@bethepeace.ca or Donna at donnfancy@eastlink.ca

Rise. Release. Dance!

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