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One Spark Candle Campaign

Monday, November 25, 2013 5:53 PM

“Millions of women and girls around the world are assaulted, beaten, raped, mutilated or even murdered in what constitutes appalling violations of their human rights. [...] We must fundamentally challenge the culture of discrimination that allows violence to continue. On this International Day, I call on all governments to make good on their pledges to end all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world, and I urge all people to support this important goal.”
                              -UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

“Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation. And it is perhaps the most pervasive.  It knows no boundaries or geography, culture or wealth.  As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development and peace.”
                              -Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  It is a critical opportunity for the international community to take pause; reflect on the causes and the pervasiveness of violence against women worldwide; and to contemplate meaningful actions to bring an end to the violence.

To mark this day, One Spark is proud to be launching the One Spark Candle Campaign. This campaign asks people to place lit candles in their windows on December 6th, which is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. 

The meaning of the lit candles is three-fold: to honour the women we have lost to violence; to give hope to women experiencing violence; and to bring the issue of violence against women out of the darkness. With a goal of one million people lighting candles on December 6th, we hope women experiencing violence will find strength and encouragement through a mass outward display of community support.

What can you do?

First, please remember to put lit candles in your window(s) on December 6th.  Show your willingness to stand with women experiencing violence and honour those that have been lost to violence.  Use this opportunity to talk to your families, friends, and children about preventing and ending violence.

Second, post pictures of your lit candles on the One Spark Facebook page.  In addition to glowing windows, we want our page to light up with hope, and to demonstrate an international commitment to ending violence against women.

Third, share this blog and promote the Candle Campaign through your social networks. Our goal is to have one spark become a million glowing candles that send a message of hope to women experiencing violence, as well as a message that our communities will not tolerate violence.

Finally, “like” the One Spark page on Facebook for updates on the campaign and for information that you can share with your networks.  You can also follow us on Twitter a @onesparkcanada as well as get updates through the One Spark company page on LinkedIn.

Thank you for being an important part of this campaign.  It’s time for change, and we believe it can begin with a single spark.

Executive Director

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