Message from the Executive Director

Web Message from Executive Director 2017

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, an ambitious agenda designed to create a just world by 2030. The platform acknowledges that the oppression of women and universal justice cannot coexist. Goal 5 is to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” It was heartening to witness the leaders of all 194 member nations — Canada and the US included — commit to ending all forms of discrimination and violence against all women and girls everywhere.

In the years since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, there have been some promising steps toward progress. Unfortunately, the oppression of women is still a global crisis. Women still suffer violence in the home, in the workplace, and in the street. Children still grow up learning rigid gender roles that justify oppression. Systemic sexism continues to permit men to evade responsibility for their use of gendered violence.

The oppression of women is a problem fueled by fear — which means it can only be transformed through fearlessness. Counterpoint seeks to nurture fearlessness in everyone we serve, from the women who take part in our self-care and healing programs to the men whom we help become accountable for their use of violence.

Together, we can be fearless. Together, we can transform oppression into justice for all.

Clara Luz Castillo