Women's Program Funding in Action
Indo-Canadian Women's Association

Edmonton, Alberta

Elimination of Harmful Cultural Practices: A Community-Centered Approach for Education and Action

Girls celebrating Daughters Day

In Edmonton, gender-based violence is in the spotlight thanks to a recent project to address harmful cultural practices. Over two years, the Indo-Canadian Women's Association mobilized the local South Asian and Middle Eastern communities as well as service providers, faith organizations, teachers, academics, advocates and students to find ways to end honour-based violence against women and girls. The project included a two-day conference, In the Name of Honour: Cultural Practices that Hurt Women, and arising out of the conference, the Daughters Day initiative, which heightened public awareness of the challenges still facing girls and young women. Edmontonians now celebrate Daughters Day every September.

“Daughters Day is a great celebration and an amazing opportunity to highlight all forms of gender-based violence and coercion. On Daughters Day we call on our communities, on service providers and on law enforcement agencies to answer our call to action!”

(project participant)
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