Fresh from her recent trip to New York City in connection with the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women
The Networking Diva Group based in Toronto, Canada will present its 4th annual event recognizing the successes of women.
The event, branded as the Woman of Fire — Global entrepreneurial Festival, will be a 2-day affair from Saturday April 2, to Sunday April 3, 2016 — see event schedule here.
The spectacular event will be held at the Radisson Hotel Toronto East, 55 Hallcrown Place, Toronto, Ontario. Visit Woman on Fire to learn more.
The Woman on Fire recognizes the accomplishments of women from all stages in life and is positioned to showcase women in Atlanta and Trinidad and Tobago later this year.
Bridget Perrier is a First Nations woman who was given up for adoption so that she could have a better life.
The First Nations are the various Aboriginal Canadians who are neither Inuit nor Métis. There are currently 634 recognized First Nations governments or bands spread across Canada, roughly half of which are in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia.
Within Canada, First Nations (most often used in the plural) has come into general use—replacing the deprecated term “Indians”—for the indigenous peoples of the Americas
Unfortunately, Bridget was sexually abused at 8 years old by a family friend. The pain that she felt burdened her, and by 12 years old Bridget had been lured and debased into prostitution. She was bought and sold in brothels and streets all over Canada.
Bridget found healing within Toronto’s First Nations community, eventually went back to school and got into George Brown College, where she graduated from The Community Worker Program. She was also a recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Turning Point award in 2006.
In 2007 she co-founded Sextrade101, an organization that educates the public about the real truths surrounding prostitution and trafficking. The organization also provides mentoring support to those who are caught up in the cycle of prostitution and functions as an advocate for women’s rights.
Pivotal in lobbying and testifying for the passing of Bill C-36, she also helped advocate for Bill C-268 and has also been an active in lobbying for a National Inquiry for MMIW. Bridget is a Survivor Champion for SPACE International she is the Survivor Leader for Canada. Bridget alongside Natasha Falle who both are trailblazers in the Abolition movement in Canada!
A the recently held 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, “People were turned away from a packed, standing-room only panel, addressing the impacts of various prostitution legislation around the world, on Monday afternoon. Organized by SPACE International, the parallel event, which took place in New York City in connection with the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, featured the voices of survivors-turned-front-line-workers from around the world — women we rarely hear from in the so-called “sex-work” debate, despite their expansive experience in various aspects of the sex trade.”— http://www.feministcurrent.com/2016/03/15/survivors-say-the-nordic-model-is-our-only-hope/
Bridget has made it her mission to educate everyone about the real truths and stories that dispel the myths that prostitution is a choice. She has represented and spoken as a First Nations Survivor three times at Commission of the Status of Women for the UN in New York City. Bridget is the Co-Founder of Sextrade101 Canada’s first survivor run activism coalition.
By Karl A. Haughton