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Together we can end violence against women

(NC) Mother's Day is a time to honour and celebrate the women in our lives. But for many women, they will spend the day as a victim of domestic abuse.

Every night in Canada, more than 6,000 women along with their children are forced to sleep in a women's shelter or a transition house because it's not safe for them at home. Yet only 10% of Canadian women who are abused access shelters, and these facilities are often at full capacity, every night.

Violence against women is a serious issue that not only affects women, but also their children, friends and the community. For over 22 years, the Canadian Women's Foundation has been working to stop the violence, by funding shelters, as well as community violence prevention programs across the country.

During the month leading up to Mother's Day, the foundation is bringing together communities across Canada to raise hope for women who have experienced violence. Visit your local WINNERS and HomeSense store to donate, or to purchase one of the specially marked Canadian Women's Foundation products as a gift for Mother's Day, or for a special person in your life. Not only will it brighten their day, but the net proceeds will go towards helping women and children rebuild their lives and live free from violence. More information on this topic is available online at www.canadianwomen.org.

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