Bullying Prevention and Titty Talks
What’s up in the city? Plenty! Two public events over the next few days will focus on awareness of bullying and another two will focus on celebration of womanhood. It’s all good!
Take A Stand Against Bullying
Since November 18 to 23 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, there are two free sessions for parents hosted by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Called Take A Stand Against Bullying, this event takes place in Kanata on Tuesday, November 19th and then again in Gloucester on Thursday, November 21st. Both sessions begin at 7 p.m.
These talks will help parents learn about how bullying impacts youngsters. They will also offer effective response strategies and possible solutions to dealing with bullying issues. Guest speaker is Dr. Tina Daniels, an associate professor at Carleton University.
Dr. Daniels has created, put into practice and assessed conflict resolution programs, social skills training programs, peer mediation programs and anti-bullying programs both locally and globally. Most recently, she helped to establish and presently sits as the Chair of the Ottawa Anti-Bullying Coalition. It’s a group of more than 50 community members dedicated to improving awareness regarding the damaging effects of bullying and to eliminating bullying in all areas of a child’s life.
Dr. Daniel’s believes that we can teach children to deal effectively with conflict, but that it will require the cooperation of school, home and community. She gives a number of workshops to teachers, parents and children regarding the development and implementation of anti-bullying projects each year.
The event in Kanata takes place at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School, 150 Abbeyhill Drive. The event in the east end takes place at Gloucester High School, 2060 Ogilvie Road.
Titty Talks: Women’s Monologues
Walking the edge between laughter and tears, Titty Talks takes an adult audience (18+) through the highs and lows that together celebrate all things “woman.”
Featuring stories from various backgrounds and generations, it’s a collaborative play about bra straps and babies, as well as coming of age, survival and womanhood at it’s best.
The first show is Thursday, November 28, at 7:30 p.m. at The Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Drive in Wakefield, QC. Check www.theblacksheepinn.com for tickets.
The Titty Talks World Aids Day performance is Sunday, December 1, at 8 p.m. at The Bronson Center, 211 Bronson Avenue in Ottawa. See www.ticketweb.ca for tickets.
Proceeds from the project will be shared with Care Canada and The Stephen Lewis Foundation. This empowering show, bursting with humor and reality, promises to be a fun and educational evening for women and the men who love them.
While drugs and education have made HIV/AIDS in Canada more manageable, there are still about 42 million people worldwide who have the disease.
There’s a global epidemic of sexual violence; for many women ABC (Abstain, Be faithful or use a Condom) offers no real choice at all. Three-quarters of all Africans between the ages of 15 and 24 who are HIV-positive are women. Globally, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age. HIV/AIDS is still considered a major epidemic in Africa, where 14.8 million children have been orphaned by AIDS – a number totaling over 92 percent of the world’s AIDS orphans.
The $20 admission to Titty Talks can make a difference.