What does October 17 represent and why is this Day important? - Ms. Jean Stallings

At the occasion of the International Committee for October 17 meeting in June 2016, the members were asked the following question: "What does October 17 represent for you and why is this Day important?"

In the video you will discover what Mrs. Jean Stallings from the USA said about the importance of that Day.

To learn more about her commitment, you can read the following article, in which Jean shares:

I hesitated. I was terrified to walk through the door into that meeting with my babies in their stroller. But the other women reached out to me that day. They planted a seed in my heart that began my journey to activism. At that time, there was no recognition for single mothers as human beings. You were outcast because of the colour of your skin, and also as a single mother. We were stigmatized by case workers who would inspect our homes looking for a trace of a man, trying to prove we were lying about being single, and turning our homes upside-down in front of our children. Our goal was to let people know that we wanted to be treated with dignity. In the welfare rights movement, other women trained me. I found my own voice. And we cared for each other, even in hardship. In your worst moments, what you need most is someone who will look into your eyes without disgust.


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