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Climbing for Social Justice
On January 1st, Emily and Ben McCullum of Bowen Island fly off to Tanzania to join a group of Canadian mothers and their sons in climbing through five climate zones to summit Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at over 19,000 feet.
This group of Mothers and Sons Against Violence Against Women is climbing to support the Engaging Men and Boys program of Women at the Centre (http://womenatthecentre.com/), an organization developed by and for women survivors of abuse. Engaging men and boys in conversations about how they can help end gender-based violence will raise awareness and help to redefine men’s attitudes and behaviours regarding violence against women. The money raised by this climb will be applied to two specific projects:
1. A documentary produced by Tony Browne featuring conversations with young men on the roles they do and could play to end all forms of violence against women and girls. This film is part of a series of educational materials and resources Women at the Centre is creating in partnership with the White Ribbon Campaign (http://www.whiteribbon.ca/).
2. A Public Service Announcement (PSA) featuring high profile mothers and sons talking about how to raise kind and compassionate sons who respect women.
If you’d like to support this program, you can donate money to Women at the Centre Kilimanjaro Climb at Phoenix Photo or online at http://womenatthecentre.com/initiatives/kilimanjaro14/emily-benjamin/. 100% of all donations go directly to Women at the Centre.