International Women’s Day and CNWE Toronto Action Against Human Trafficking

CNWE Toronto’s action for International Women’s Day was a powerful one for participants and for those who witnessed our presence at Bay and Bloor Sts. For many years the Toronto group of the Catholic Network for Women’s Equality has chosen this day to raise awareness about human trafficking because the majority of its victims are women and girls.  Once again this year we joined together in holding vigil on the corner of Bay and Bloor as people leave their places of work and head home.  First, we gathered for a prayerful reflection at Loretto College.  Then we silently processed to the South East corner of Bay and Bloor where we held placards of protest against human trafficking and offered people brochures explaining what it is and what we can do about it.  Despite their rush and busy-ness… many people graciously accepted the brochures and took the time to learn more.  If you would like to learn more, go to: www.endmoderndayslavery.ca or www.wix.com/timea77/walk-with-me

“May we work together so that women and girls may no longer be abused, violated or diminished. We pray for the resolve and the heart to bring an end to modern day slavery. Compassionate God, may it be so!”

International Women’s Day 2011 in Toronto

by Joan Missiaen

To celebrate ‘International Women’s Day’ 16 women gathered at the corner of Bay and Bloor between 4:30 – 5:30 PM carrying placards that read – – –

‘SAY NO TO SEXUAL SLAVERY EVERYWHERE’

‘BRING HUMAN TRAFFICKING OUT OF THE SHADOWS’

‘HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS MODERN SLAVERY’

‘HUMAN TRAFFICKING SHAMES US ALL’

A young man walked back and forth on Bay St, then reticently came over to me. “I may not look it”, he said pointing to his long hair, “but I do care what happens to women. I don’t want them hurt.” As I thanked him for the courage to stop, he smiled then walked away with his head held high.

Others greeted with “‘Happy International Women’s Day”, or thanked us for taking a stand.

Every year members and friends of CNWE – Catholic Network for Women’s Equality – gather at Bay and Bloor to protest violence against women in its many forms. All are welcome!