FSWC Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25, 2016

Media Statement

Toronto - As part of our ongoing efforts to advance the cause of women’s rights locally and globally, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) is proud to support International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and to educate Canadian youth about the ongoing struggle for women’s rights through a specially tailored workshop for students in Grades 5 - 12 called “Women’s Rights are Human Rights.”

The course explores the issue of gender inequity and the significant and perilous consequences this imbalance has on all of humanity. Issues of violence against women, including acid attacks and child marriage, as well as the right to an education and employment inequity, are covered in an age-appropriate manner. Students leave this workshop informed, empowered and equipped with tools to affect real and positive change in their schools, communities and around the world.

“The issue of continued violence against women – both here in Canada and around the world, is one of the most enduring and pressing human rights issues of this century,” observed FSWC President and CEO Avi Benlolo. “We look forward to presenting this workshop next week to a group of bright young women from a Montessori school in Brampton, who will learn the tools and carry the torch as leaders of a younger generation to help change the course of history for victimized women everywhere.”

To find out more about “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” and other FSWC educational workshops contact education@fswc.ca 

For More Information
Stacey L. Starkman
Director of Communications & External Relations
416.864.9735 x 32  /  sstarkman@fswc.ca

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is a leading Canadian non-profit human rights foundation directly representing over 30,000 members. FSWC is committed to countering racism and antisemitism and to promoting the principles of tolerance, social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and educational programs including workshops, Freedom Day, the Spirit of Hope Benefit, Tools for Tolerance and the widely acclaimed new Tour for Humanity. FSWC is affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization headquartered in Los Angeles, which has won two Academy Awards, has built two Museums of Tolerance (with a third being built in Jerusalem) and is an NGO at the United Nations, UNESCO, OAS, OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament. Visit us at www.fswc.ca
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