Redefine Twenty’s first Swap and Shop was a huge success, thanks to everyone that came out and supported. Shop & Swap was initiated after our first event back in October, Starting The Conversation – an informal gathering to celebrate, educate, and encourage empowerment over delicious food and drinks at The Diplomat, Hamilton. During that event, a discussion around sexual harassment and sexual violence in the workplace became a common story shared amongst the females who particularly worked in hospitality – and that could not be ignored.
We contacted SACHA, a non-profit organization in Hamilton, Ontario that helps survivors and provides tools to prevent and end sexual harassment and sexual violence in our community, and they have been doing this for over 40 years. Crickett, the amazing public educator, who has been with the team for over 6 years and has previous related experience, was excited about the idea. Making Workplaces Safer with SACHA is a one-hour seminar focused on the workplace harassment legislation in Ontario (Bill 132), options for folks experiencing abuse at work, and some skills to create a workplace culture based on consent and equity.
Scheduled for May, we decided to hold a clothing swap, a fun and eco-friendly way to clean out your closet and give back to the community. Participants could bring in and take as much as they wanted. All the clothes that were not swapped were donated to YWCA’s Transition Living Program – helping women at risk or struggling, the YWCA has 65-bed residences for temporary housing up to 11 months providing case management support, goal planning, skills building, employment support, supportive counselling, and crisis intervention.
The event was a success due to the those that participated and those that donated clothing. Redefine Twenty appreciates your time and dedication to learning how to create equitable, inclusive, and consensual workplaces and preventing and ending sexual harassment and sexual violence. Thank you