Winnipeg women's shelters get Valentine's Day packages from Sikh community

Winnipeg women's shelters get Valentine's Day packages from Sikh community, Iryna Chyrkova

Winnipeg women's shelters feel care and love from Sikh community. Thanks to this, women will feel that they are not alone.

On Wednesday, members of Sikh community were preparing packages to send to women who became victims of domestic violence. The packages contain hygiene products, chocolates, and baked goods. In total, more than 100 packages were created.

"There's definitely a lot of love going into the packages," said Imreet Kaur, leader of the project. "A lot of the times when we think about love, we only concentrate that in our inner circles, but we have to kind of make sure that we also give some love to some of the most vulnerable women in our community."

The initiative aims to draw attention to the various forms of violence that women face throughout the world.

The campaign One Billion Rising started in 2012 and is held every year. In addition to sweets and hygiene items, every woman will find a cute Valentine card in her package. The cards were made by local school children.

"The most courageous act is to think about yourself and practice self-love. I hope you take some time and pamper yourself because you deserve it today and every other day," Imreet Kaur read the words on one of the cards.

Three women shelters will receive Valentine's Day packages on Thursday: Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, the Native Women's Transition Centre and the New Centre at the North End Women's Centre.

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