For Immediate Release
PRRO SPOKESPERSON NOMINATED FOR ACIC CAMPAIGN
Charlottetown, PE, January 31, 2012 — The PEI Reproductive Rights Organization (PRRO) is proud to announce that spokesperson Kandace Hagen has been selected as an ambassador for the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) 2012 Active-8 Campaign. This year’s campaign places particular emphasis on initiatives that aim to empower women and girls.
ACIC’s annual Active-8 Campaign, begun in 2010, chooses eight young Atlantic Canadians (between the ages of 15-30) from nominations by members of their communities. The 2012 campaign (ACIC’s third) selected its “Global Youth Ambassadors” based on nominees’ work toward global social justice and environmental sustainability. Funded by the federal government through the Canadian International Development Agency, ACIC’s campaign aims to raise the profile of both the ambassadors and their causes, inviting Canadians to pledge online support through the month of February 2012 for the cause they believe to be the most deserving. The amount of pledges determines the “winner” of the campaign, and the recipient of the $1000 prize, though all participants benefit substantially from the project as a whole. Hagen’s cause, as a representative of PRRO, consists in the group’s continued advocacy for equitable access to reproductive health services in Prince Edward Island. The Active-8 Campaign’s public engagement coordinator, Rena Kulczycki, attests to the campaign’s support for PRRO’s work.
“Barriers to reproductive choice is an issue that people experience worldwide. [PRRO’s] work to address the inequality of access that many Canadians face helps us understand and advocate for people within and beyond our borders. People everywhere are still fighting for reproductive freedom and autonomy of the person.” Kulczycki adds that “the absence of gender equity is still an important issue in our global community.”
Hagen is honoured by the nomination and looks forward to meeting with other progressive and activist-minded Atlantic Canadians.
“We hope to use this opportunity to garner support in other provinces and strengthen the incredible support we have already,” says Hagen, indicating PRRO’s approach to the campaign. “PEI’s lack of access to the choices that we as Canadians are entitled to ends up unfairly victimizing low-income women and other vulnerable groups. Part of the idea behind a global social justice perspective is that the strength of any society is reflected in how it treats its weakest members. We have to apply that idea here at home too.”