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The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

A young woman looks into the camera. The words “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence”

November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) until December 10 (World Human Rights Day) are all part of international campaign 16 Days of Action and Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The 16 Days are an opportunity to encourage our members and communities to reflect and enact change on gender-based violence, violence and harassment of LGBTQ2SI persons, domestic violence and workplace harassment.

The 16 Days also include Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women on December 6, in remembrance of the 14 young women who were brutally murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal in a shocking act of gender-based violence. 

You can get involved and join the conversation during the 16 Days of Action and Activism by:

  • Wearing purple on November 25 to raise awareness about gender-based violence.
  • Adding your voice to the growing chorus of survivors, advocates and partners and share what actions you are taking to end gender-based violence using the hashtag #16Days
  • Starting a conversation with social media shareables on your networks and channels and add a white ribbon frame to your social media profile pictures.
  • Following us, retweet @Women_Canada or regramm @women_canada_femmes.
  • Becoming an ally by:
    • Listening: be open to learning from the experiences of others
    • Believing: support survivors and those affected by violence
    • Speaking out: add your voice to call out violence
    • Intervening: find a safe way to help when you see acts of gender-based violence
    • Acting: give your time to organizations working to end violence 

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