She Matters 4 Canada

2017 marks the fourth year of CBM’s She Matters Campaign which seeks to highlight global gender inequity. Past years have focused on girl education, microcredit for women entrepreneurs, and empowering female leaders. She Matters 4 Canada will focus on issues facing Indigenous women in Canada. CBM has invited singer/songwriter and Indigenous Leader

Cheryl Bear from the Nadleh Whut’en community in Northern British Columbia, to be our She Matters spokesperson for this upcoming year. Cheryl is an award-winning performer and educator who shares stories of Indigenous life — the joy, sorrow, faith, and journey.

You are invited to join Cheryl and CBM for a special evening of song and story, which will inspire and challenge Canadian Baptists to advocate on behalf of Aboriginal women in Canada and marginalized women around the world.

She Matters on Mother’s Day!

Since 2014, the She Matters campaign has been a significant advocacy campaign for gender equity that has educated, equipped and empowered marginalized women and girls globally. The campaign has helped raise awareness and support for initiatives that address gender bias in all spheres of society. Millions of women in our world have the potential to be the greatest influencers of change, but are denied the opportunity to develop their God-given gifts and abilities because they are female. However, gender inequity is not only a social and biblical injustice in the developing world. We turn the focus onto our own country through She Matters 4 Canada. Through this campaign, we are asking churches to go deeper in their understanding of the complex issues that prevent us from seeking reconciliation with Indigenous people in our own communities. We challenge Canadian Baptists to commit to listening to, learning from and walking alongside their Indigenous neighbours by seeking authentic engagement and rejecting demeaning stereotypes. In particular, we want to raise greater awareness on behalf of the high numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women in our country. It’s a national crisis that needs more visibility. Canadian Indigenous women are disproportionately affected by all forms of violence. The homicide rate is 4.5 times higher among Indigenous women than all other women in the country. They are one of the most at-risk and marginalized groups within our society. We need you to tell the world that She Matters to God and to us. To help in this initiative we have asked Indigenous leader/singer-songwriter/educator Cheryl Bear of Nadleh Whut’en First Nation to serve as a resource and guide. As the spokesperson for the She Matters 4 Canada campaign and CBM’s Indigenous Relations Specialist, she will journey with churches as they seek deeper understanding of the challenges many First Nations communities face. When you support the She Matters campaign, you say “yes” to empowering girls and women who are devalued by the world. In addition to supporting the ongoing gender-focused programming that provides education, small business loans and leadership training to girls and women globally, you will also help further the reconciliation ministry of Cheryl Bear among churches and communities across Canada. Walk with her today and be part of creating a better future for all. Tell the world She Matters! Download Bulletin Insert

She Matters Concert Update

Following the continued success of CBM's She Matters 4 Canada events, this spring, award-winning performer Cheryl Bear embarks on another round of concerts. During her time on stage Cheryl shares stories of Indigenous life — the joy, sorrow, faith and journey. Check out the listings below to find a She Matters 4 Canada concert near you. Visit the She Matters Microsite Saturday, March 3 at 7pm Altadore Baptist Church 4304 16 Street SW Calgary, AB T2T 4H9 Contact Host Church Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. First Baptist Church Lethbridge 1614 5 Ave S. Lethbridge, AB T1J 0W3 Contact Host Church Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. Strathcona Baptist Church   8318 104 St NW Edmonton, AB T6E 4E8 Contact Host Church Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. McLaurin Baptist Church  10913 107 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 7P Contact Host Church Concert: Saturday, May 26 Crandall University  Brinton Hall (Concert) 333 Gorge Rd. Moncton, NB E1G 3H9 Learn More Keynote Message: Friday, May 25 Atlantic Baptist Women’s Conference In May, Cheryl Bear will be the keynote speaker at the Atlantic Baptist Women’s Conference. She will also perform in concert on the second day of the event.