The future is feminist…

The present put into words by the members of the RFL

At the dawn of International Women’s Rights Day, on March 8th, the theme being The future is feminist, the Laurentian Women’s Network (RFL) is highlighting the tireless contribution women working within its member groups.

The Laurentians women’s group released a statement about the collective feelings of their volunteers and staff during a particularly hard period.

The pulse of the workers and volunteers was sounded recently and they answered with one word to explain their state: survivors, breathless, fighters, tired, concerned, alone, but also strong, in solidarity, lucky, confident, with a wind for change, altruistic, secure, joyous and in equality. “The breathlessness among our members is palpable”, explains Myriam Gagné, general coordinator of the RFL. Most maintain their offer of services to women in the region, free of charge, despite the increase in requests and the glaring lack of staff. The observation remains that the women’s groups in the region, although tired, are still mobilized!

Projects aplenty for the next year

It should be noted that three second-stage shelters for women who are victims of domestic violence and their children will open in about a year. The relevance of these has also been highlighted in the exploratory research on post-separation conjugal violence in the Laurentians, which the RFL has kept in check. The original campaign Show your colors on raising awareness of sexual assault among young people aged 15 to 25 is still available at www.annoncetescouleurs. org

Also, several members of the RFL are fighting for better working conditions for women. “On this International Women’s Day, let’s spare a thought for our health care workers, our daycare educators, our teachers and any other women working in the public service,” adds Myriam Gagné.

RFL will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year! Since then, he has worked to improve the living conditions of women in the region, by ensuring that their realities are better known, recognized and taken into account at all local and regional levels.