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- In solidarity with the women across our communities, we’re continuing our partnership with WAVAW for the 4th year in a row and pledging 100% of IWD net sales to survivors of sexualized violence.
For International Women’s Day 2023 – we are recommitting to our partnership with WAVAW: a Vancouver-born organization offering anti-oppressive, decolonizing, intersectional feminist support to survivors of sexualized violence. This year, we’ll be contributing 100% of net sales on March 8th, 2023 to WAVAW with the intention of giving back to our community and supporting their mission of #shiftingsocietytogether.
What is WAVAW?
WAVAW is a rape crisis centre operating on unceded Coast Salish Territories. They provide support services to survivors of sexualized violence who have shared experiences of gender marginalization: cis and trans women, Two-Spirit, trans and/or nonbinary people. WAVAW believes in a world where people of all genders are valued and live free from sexualized violence. They provide training sessions and information to the public surrounding these issues and advocate for social and systemic change through education, outreach, and activism.
What services does WAVAW offer?
- Virtual and in-person one-to-one counselling and support groups
- Specialized services by and for Indigenous communities including family members of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- Specialized inclusion services by and for 2SLGBTQI+ survivors
- A 24-Hour, nation-wide crisis & information line
- Text and chat support with a victim service worker on WAVAW Connect
- 24-Hour hospital accompaniment
- Court and police accompaniment
- Outreach and victim services clinics
- Community educational workshops and trainings
How does shopping with Melanie Auld impact the WAVAW community?
$75: Provides a survivor with an hour of one-to-one counselling, allowing them to process their thoughts & feelings in a safe space. There are currently more than 257 survivors on WAVAW’s waitlist to access this service.
$125: Three hours of support on WAVAW’s 24-Hour Crisis & Information Line available to survivors and their supporters nationwide.
$275: Accompanies two survivors to the hospital so they are not alone when they begin their healing journey. WAVAW provides transportation and advocacy to survivors seeking post-assault care at Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital.
$650: Funds an entire support group session for up to 8 survivors, allowing them to reconnect with themselves and their community
How did the Melanie Auld community contribute in 2022?
Since 2020, the Melanie Auld community has contributed $18,850 towards the WAVAW organization and we are eager to be recommitting our support to help make a difference in 2023. To learn more about WAVAW and their services, visit WAVAW Support Services or learn more through the WAVAW Blog.