Each year during the third week of October, Canadians bond with people in over 90 countries around the world to mark YWCA’s Week Without Violence™, a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a violence-free world. More than 9,500 people in schools, workplaces and neighbourhood organizations throughout Canada recognize this annual violence prevention initiative aimed at making violence a thing of the past.

When was the last time you did something as simple as being nice? This year we’re aiming to eliminate violence in communities during the annual Week Without Violence(TM) campaign taking place October 15th through 21st. Whether it is a family member, friend, co-worker or complete stranger, we’re aiming to spread this initiative to help create safer, more inclusive communities, nationally. This year’s Week Without Violence aims to channel positive messages and to help youth and adults take the time to think about how their relations affect the people around them and the world they live in.

Week Without Violence and Power of Being a Girl™ Educational Products:

  • YWCA Safety Siren, a FREE iTunes app which sets off a loud siren and sends an SOS urgent email to a friend when the user is in an unsafe situation displaying her location on a map.  Amazing health and safety information including: short questions and answers about sexual health, dating and hooking up; tips and facts on safety; essential crisis information; and links to YWCAs across Canada as well as emergency and crisis resource centres.
  • A Rights Guide, a new online resource with important information about girls’ rights under Canadian law at home, school, work and on social networks that covers key issues like bullying, dating, stalking, assault and health.
  • Are You Cool, essential information on learning to recognize early warning signs of violence in dating relationships
  • Take Action on Violence, a bookmark offering suggestions for secondary students to take action in their schools and communities by organizing events on a series of anti-violence themes
  • Tips for Healthy Dating, a postcard with quick tips to think about before heading out on a date, including facts on violence against young women in Canada.
  • Expressing Healthy Anger, Take time. Breathe. Count. It’s okay to feel anger. Here are nine tips to express anger without using violence as a coping mechanism.