A candlelight vigil Sunday at Bear Creek Park will shed light on the issue of violence against women.
Surrey-based group Global Girl Power is organizing a late-afternoon event to remember the young Delhi woman who died as a result of a recent gang rape. The vigil also aims to support "all women who have suffered."
The issue of violence against women in India is closely linked to the gender imbalance caused by the widespread practise of female infanticide in the country, said Lucky Gill, an organizer of the vigil. The situation, she said, results in millions of young men without women to marry, and contributes to wider societal problems such as rape and forced prostitution.
"Both of these issues are so interlinked, it's time to teach our sons how to respect women," Gill said.
The outdoor vigil starts at 3 p.m. at Bear Creek Park, near the Surrey Pavilion. Candles will be provided, and guests are encouraged to dress warmly and "show their support by bringing banners or signs of positive messages." More event info can be found at facebook.com/globalgirlpower.
Elsewhere in Surrey, "It's a Girl," a new documentary film that explores gendercide in India and China, will be screened Jan. 30 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University as part of a tour organized by GirlKIND Foundation. For full details, visit www.girlkind.org.