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Teenage girls escaping violence need support says

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Teenage girls escaping violence need support says Anita Majumdar
Fresh from Midnight’s Children, award-winner joins YWCA Canada Rose Campaign

Toronto, Dec. 6, 2012 - Award winning actor, playwright and dancer Anita Majumdar is raising awareness of YWCA Canada’s Rose Campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Known for her powerful performances and her activism, Ms. Majumdar’s Rose Campaign Public Service Announcement shares the message that girls who leave home to escape sexual abuse and violence often face harsh life on the streets, with more violence, a high risk of poverty, addiction and prison lying in wait.  She invites Canadians to send a message to their MP to support  teenage girls leaving home to escape violence and to ask the federal government to realize their promise to address violence against women and girls. 

“We are thrilled that someone so inspiring, talented, and motivated to improve her community and the lives of women and girls, has stepped forward to support the campaign in such a significant way,” says YWCA CEO Paulette Senior. “We need as many voices as possible to raise the alarm that we need to provide young women with supports such as a safe place to live, a chance to complete their education, and affordable child care."

Ms. Majumdar can currently be seen in her first major film role as Emerald in  Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children.  She is widely recognized for her award-winning performance as Davinder Samra in the CBC/Force Four film Murder Unveiled, a film adaptation of the life  of Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu, a young Canadian allegedly murdered by her family for marrying a rickshaw driver. Anita Majumdar is currently working on Boys With Cars, a follow-up to her one woman show Fish Eyes.

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