The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and end on International Human Rights Day on December 10. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was designated in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly. The date was chosen to commemorate the lives of the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic who were violently assassinated in 1960. The day pays tribute to them, as well as urging global recognition of gender violence. Each year on this day, governments, international organizations and NGOs are invited to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem.
Gender-based violence affects us all. It destroys families, weakens the fabric of our society, and takes a heavy toll on our communities and our economy. Canadians are reminded during the 16 Days of Activism that they can take actions, now and throughout the year, to eliminate violence against women and girls in all its forms.
To end violence against women and girls, we must challenge the culture that allows it to thrive. Once you recognize the connection between sexism and misogyny in our culture and violence against women and girls, you have the power to change it.
You have the power to say “no” to casual sexism and to stand up for women and girls. It can be as simple as choosing not to consume sexist media or as important as explaining the concept of consent to your children.
Most importantly, you can use your voice to help friends and family recognize the links.
During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, you can show Canadians that their #ActionsMatter. Help us expose the link between casual sexism and gender-based violence. Use your social media networks to start the conversation and share our infobites. Help us change minds and stop violence against women and girls before it starts.
What Can You Do?
Show your commitment to helping reducing violence against girls and women by sharing these infobite images on your own social media accounts. You’ll find these infobites and ready-made posts at: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/vaw-vff/actions-gestes-en.html
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.
Why a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women?
As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
November and December are important months for raising awareness of gender-based violence in Canada and around the world. In addition to the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women takes place on November 25 and marks the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which ends on December 10, with International Human Rights Day.
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