MPs Ellis and Bossio joined Sandy Watson-Moyles and Kristin Farrell at Three Oaks.
Mike Bossio, the Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox & Addington and Neil Ellis, the Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte were proud to join the Three Oaks Foundation earlier today to take a stand as male allies in the fight against gender-based violence.
November is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and Three Oaks is partnering with the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) in support of the Wrapped in Courage campaign. As part of the campaign, OAITH is selling purple ties to encourage men to ally with local shelters for women and children, and to be part of the solution against gender-based violence. Both Ellis and Bossio were presented with purple ties as part of today’s presentation by Kristin Farrell, and Sandy Watson-Moyles, the executive director of the Three Oaks Foundation.
“It’s so important that men take a stand against gender-based violence,” said Bossio. “This is a problem that can only be stopped if men and boys step up to the plate and do their part. I’m honoured to receive a purple tie from Three Oaks, and I thank them for all of the work they have done for women and children who have faced the threat of domestic violence.”
Earlier this month, both Ellis and Bossio attended the “Hope in High Heels” event on Parliament Hill, a non-partisan event which encourages male Members of Parliament and staff to don a pair of pink high heels and walk in solidarity in the fight against gender-based violence. At the event, Bossio brought a sign from the Lennox & Addington Interval House in Napanee, in order to help raise awareness and support the incredible work that the organization does for women and children seeking shelter.
“I’m glad the Three Oaks Foundation exists to provide services to survivors of domestic violence, but I wish it did not need to,” said Ellis. “The purple scarves and ties distributed through the Wrapped in Courage initiative are vibrant reminders of the bravery it will take for our community to continue to speak out, and work to combat — and hopefully erase — domestic violence altogether.”
The federal government is committed to ending gender-based violence as well as addressing institutional barriers to women’s success. It recently launched new calls for proposals to award funding to organizations for projects which address institutional barriers to women’s economic success.
“We want to make sure that local organizations are applying for this funding,” said Bossio and Ellis.
The call for proposals fall under the categories of “Support for Women’s Economic Security” and “Addressing Indigenous Women’s Economic Security and Prosperity.” Interested organizations are invited to visit women.gc.ca to learn more about submitting an application for funding, as well as the relevant application deadlines.
November also marks the two-year anniversary of the swearing of Canada’s first gender-balanced cabinet, under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.