The social justice behind pyjamas

January 25th, 2013 · No Comments · Advisory, Outreach, Students

Segue, a University of Manitoba student group concerned with righting social injustices, is hosting Pyjama Week to support and raise awareness about Winnipeg’s sex trade workers.

Segue asks students to wear pyjamas for a day, or all week, in support of Pyjama Week, which starts on Monday, Jan. 28 and runs until Feb. 1.

Pyjama Week begins with free public lectures on human trafficking and exploitation. Bridget Perrier who works with Sex Trade 101 will speak about this dark stain on society. She will be joined by Dianna Bussey, a human trafficking consultant from the Salvation Army. These lectures will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of University Centre on the Fort Garry campus on Jan. 28 from 12-2 p.m.

So, why pyjamas? Pyjama Week is a new initiative by Segue but it is in support of SNOW Night, an event created six years ago by the Salvation Army. SNOW (Safe Night Off Winnipeg Streets) Night provides women trapped by the sex trade with hope and a sense of dignity. It is a social justice and outreach pyjama party.

Segue is asking for donations on behalf of Salvation Army. If you wish to donate new items to SNOW Night, please consider these:
·         Blankets and pillows
·         Pyjamas – all adult sizes, larger sizes are in highest demand
·         Socks and underwear – all adult sizes
·         Manicure and make up supplies
·         Personal grooming supplies and toiletries
·         Mitts, hats and scarves

Last year Segue operated the Freedom 10×6 Project, an effort to raise $10,000 to bring freedom and hope to victims of human trafficking. They raised over $18,000.

Donations can be brought to the Segue student office (Room 121, Helen Glass) or at the UMSU office in University Centre. Cash donations are also accepted.

For more information please contact Tammy Junghans, Segue, at 204-805-1427 (segue.uofm@gmail.com),

Or Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (sean_moore@umanitoba.ca).

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