16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (or the Global 16 Days Campaign) calls for the elimination of gender-based violence worldwide. Launched by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and feminists from around the world in 1991, the Global 16 Days Campaign now runs annually from November 25 to December 10.

This year, the campaign is continuing last year’s 30th anniversary theme of Ending Femicide by spotlighting the heightened vulnerabilities faced by certain groups of women and girls from marginalized communities. Through community-organized events, The Centre and partners from across York provide an opportunity to reflect on the ways we can work together to eliminate gender-based violence and recognize the impact it has on our community.

Content warning: We recognize that our audiences are people with lives, histories and struggles that we are not privy to. As such, please note that the memorial ceremony and community events will mention different forms of sexual violence including sexual assault, sexual harassment and murder. Please prioritize your health and well-being and take the space that you need for each event. Community members can contact The Centre (thecentre@yorku.ca) for support, or access any of the resources listed on our Resources and Support page.

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National Day of Remembrance Memorial Service – December 6

York hosts an annual memorial service on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women to commemorate the tragic mass shooting at l’École Polytechnique in Montréal on Dec. 6, 1989. This ceremony honours the 14 murdered women and inspires our community to act against gender-based violence.

We hope this memorial event, along with the other events planned for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, will enable our community to take action and support those in need. Now more than ever, we need to come together as a community and take action to support those who are experiencing violence and empower them to seek appropriate services.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 6
Time: 11 a.m. to noon

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

As a community, we need to make a commitment to advocate for, listen to and support survivors and recognize that we all have a role to play in ending violence against women and girls. Participating in community events and conversations helps to eliminate gendered violence and gives us an opportunity to recognize the 14 women who lost their lives, as well as missing and murdered Indigenous women and members of the LGBTQ+ community including transgender women.