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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for support, or access any of the resources listed on our Resources and Support page.
Join Us & Take Action
YU Athlete’s Memorial Pin making Event – In partnership with Athletics & Recreation
Date: November 27
Time: 12 to 2 p.m.
Location: 305 York Lanes
Join YU Athletes as they create white ribbons (a global movement of men and boys working to end male violence against women and girls) and purple ribbons (attempts to educate the public that violence against women and children is not culturally acceptable) for the York Community throughout the duration of the week.
Supporting Your Queer Child
Date: November 28
Time: 12 to 1 p.m.
The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education in partnership with Toronto Public Health hosts a session that facilitates discussions among participants to discuss how parents/caregivers can foster healthy attitudes about sexuality with their children and support their needs. Registrants are asked to submit questions and topics they are interested in learning more about for this session when they register.
Healthy Relationships Workshop
Date: November 29
Description: The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education in partnership with Nellie’s hosts a workshop on healthy dating and relationships for women in university to learn about what healthy relationships look like, how to identify red flags in a relationship, and what to do if they need support. The workshops will be interactive and allow students to learn and understand the topics in a trauma-informed environment.
Raising Sexually Healthy Tweens
Date: November 30
Time: 12 to 1 p.m.
Description: The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education in partnership with Toronto Public Health hosts a workshop with the goal of providing parents/caregivers with the tools, knowledge, and support they need to foster healthy attitudes about sexuality with their tweens.
Issues and Impacts of Misogynoir
Date: November 30
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Description: The Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion in partnership with the Centre for Sexual Violence, Response, Support & Education hosts an interactive session where participants discuss the issue of misogynoir, which shows how sexism and racism manifest in black women's lives to create intersecting forms of oppression. Participants explore the detrimental impacts of internalized racism as well as engage in a discussion about healing and self-care.
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