While the world is standing up to defend the lives of black men, I implore everyone to remember that black and indigenous women are at an even greater risk of violence than their male counterparts, including in their own households.
“The rapid spread of coronavirus/COVID-19 has created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis around the world. As with most disasters, women and girls are likely to be disproportionately affected. The outbreak presents huge challenges for shelters in terms of safety and training for staff, protection of clients, measures to contain an outbreak within a facility, helping staff work remotely while still supporting victims, and ensuring adequate resources are in place. In addition, as families are encouraged or forced to stay at home, women and children who are vulnerable to domestic abuse will be at greater risk.”
With this in mind, I managed to fundraise enough to purchase 100 face masks and 2 bottles of hand sanitizer for the ladies at the Chez Doris women’s shelter in Montreal!
It’s better to purchase face masks when donating, because homemade masks are not good quality enough for use in commercial settings, although they are fine for personal use when running errands.
If you have PPE to spare, this website https://en.donnezlaprotection.com/ will match make you with those who are in the greatest need, so that you don’t have to figure out for yourself where to donate!
Katherine, Miss Montreal