Sikhs to celebrate Valentine’s Day by delivering sweets to women’s shelters

LARISSA CAHUTE
VANCOUVER DESI

One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising is described as a ‘global strike’ on violence perpetrated against women. Submitted graphic

Sikhs across the Lower Mainland will be joining One Billion Rising in a day of action to fight violence against women this Valentine’s Day.

“It’s an important cause,” World Sikh Organization of Canada’s executive director Sukhvinder Kaur Vinning said. “One Billion Rising is about bringing awareness to the fact that one in three women on this planet will be beaten or raped in their lifetime.”

“That’s over 33 per cent and that’s over a billion women and that’s not an acceptable amount — zero is.”

One Billion Rising is “a global strike” inviting men and women everywhere to “walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to this violence,” on Feb. 14, according to onebillionrising.org.

“One Billion Rising sort of had the artistic route through flash dances, music and theatre,” said Vinning. “But they also did call out for services and they asked people to organize themselves and to serve women in shelters that day and that really spoke to us as Sikhs.”

So Sikhs will be baking or buying treats and Surrey’s Guru Nanak gurdwara’s free kitchen and the World Sikh Organization of Canada will deliver them to local women’s shelters on Thursday.

While there’s been a ripple effect throughout the Indo-Canadian community to battle violence against women, Sikhs are stepping up because “service is a huge part of our faith,” said Vinning.

“Yes in the media there has been the awareness — there’s what’s happened in India,” Vinning said, referencing the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a moving bus in New Delhi last December. “But on a day-to-day basis, as Sikhs that hasn’t changed our mandate to serve and we still continue to serve.”

Offering their help to One Billion Rising goes hand-in-hand with the Sikh tradition of Langar, “which is one of our ways we serve,” said Vinning.

Langar dates back to a Guru Nanak teaching “that it’s really hard to work on self development and improve ourselves … when we’re hungry,” described Vinning. “So if we deal with our hunger first we are then able to give thought to other parts of our lives when the necessity of hunger is taken care of.”

“(So) in the tradition of Langar we just adapted that and we thought we’d gather up food and we’d take it then as care packages to the various shelters.”

Eight gurdwaras have stepped up to help, along with families across the Lower Mainland. Bouquets of flowers and Valentine’s cards are also being donated.

“It’s important for us to serve unconditionally and to serve all,” said Vinning. “(And) it’s Valentine’s Day – well, it’s a tough time, I think, for people.”

“We wanted something to brighten their day.”

Tags: , , ,





Featured

Sexual luring online - Cyberbullying

Surrey cricketer and his brother busted by Facebook security for Internet luring

JANE SEYD NORTH SHORE NEWS A Surrey man has been sentenced to house arrest after he was busted by Facebook security for inappropriate sexual chat…
Continue Reading »

British Columbia

McDonald’s puts temporary foreign workers program on hold after Victoria franchises controversy

THE CANADIAN PRESS VICTORIA — McDonald’s Canada says temporary foreign workers are a necessary ingredient in the fast-food chain’s business model, but until the company satisfies…
Continue Reading »

Success Story

One-year-old baby becomes 500th successful Pakistani liver transplant case in India

IANS New Delhi – One-year-old Nalain Aziz has become the 500th Pakistani patient who underwent a successful liver transplant at a city hospital here, doctors…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Sexual luring online - Cyberbullying

Surrey cricketer and his brother busted by Facebook security for Internet luring

JANE SEYD NORTH SHORE NEWS A Surrey man has been sentenced to house arrest after he was busted by Facebook security for inappropriate sexual chat…
Continue Reading »

British Columbia

McDonald’s puts temporary foreign workers program on hold after Victoria franchises controversy

THE CANADIAN PRESS VICTORIA — McDonald’s Canada says temporary foreign workers are a necessary ingredient in the fast-food chain’s business model, but until the company satisfies…
Continue Reading »

Surrey-New Westminster

Six-lane Pattullo Bridge should go between Coquitlam and Surrey: New Westminster mayor Wayne Wright

THEREAS MCMANUS ROYAL CITY RECORD METRO VANCOUVER — If Coquitlam and Surrey want a six-lane replacement for the Pattullo Bridge, they can have it, says…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Desi Dad

Single dad smuggles daughter in suitcase from Morocco to Spain (w/video, photos)

CEN AGENCY A Moroccan dad who tried to smuggle his daughter into Spain by hiding her in a suitcase so that she could have a…
Continue Reading »

Mouse deer

World’s smallest deer that’s more like a ‘mouse’ born at a Spain zoo

CEN AGENCY The world’s smallest deer – more like a mouse – with a heritage stretching back millions of years has been born at a…
Continue Reading »

Russian social services have confiscated a two-month-old baby from his mother after she pushed him onto the rail tracks in his pram during a heated row with the boy's father. CEN Agency

Video: Angry mom wants baby back that she shoved onto train tracks (w/gallery)

CEN AGENCY Russian social services have confiscated a two-month-old baby from his mother after she pushed him onto the rail tracks in his pram during…
Continue Reading »

Rape-Gang rape-crime against women

Indians view rape as ‘very big problem’: Poll

MATTHEW PENNINGTON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — A new poll shows that Indians view rape as a big problem in their country and think the…
Continue Reading »

Desi-bhoot bangla-China-Asia

Gallery: No one wants these luxury villas in ‘The City of the Dead’

CEN AGENCY These are the luxury homes that no-one wants in a place locals call ‘The City of the Dead’. Over 100 villas here have…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Salman Khan-Jacqueline Fernandez

London bus drives off Warsaw Bridge causing panic, turns out to be a Bollywood shoot (w/video, photos)

CEN AGENCY Polish police received panicked calls after this London double-decker bus drove off a bridge, and plummeted into a river in the Polish capital…
Continue Reading »

Music-Bollywood-desi sex symbol

Priyanka Chopra’s latest single ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ already a hit on iTunes in 24 hours

IANS Mumbai – The going is great for actor-singer Priyanka Chopra. She is out with her third solo single “I can’t make you love me”,…
Continue Reading »

condom-ads-Durex-sex-booty shake

Video: Bollywood actor and Durex brand ambassador Ranveer Singh urges people to try ‘the Rex’

IANS New Delhi – Actor Ranveer Singh, who has done bold scenes in movies like “Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela” and “Band Baaja Baaraat”, is now…
Continue Reading »