National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women


Join us as we honour those we have lost and reflect on renewing our commitment to take action on ending gender-based violence. This year, the United Nations has launched the Shadow Pandemic public awareness campaign that focuses on the upsurge of domestic violence as we navigate through COVID-19. Now more than ever, we need to come together as a community and take action to support those who are experiencing violence and refer them to appropriate services. It is our hope that the events we have planned will not only honour those who we have lost, but help enable our community to take action and support those who require our help today.

This pan-University memorial ceremony and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is fully supported by President and Vice Chancellor, Rhonda Lenton, Provost and Vice-President Academic, Lisa Philipps, Vice-President Finance and Administration, Carol McAulay, Vice-Provost, Students, Lucy Fromowitz and Vice-President Equity, People and Culture, Sheila Cote-Meek.

These events have been made possible through the kind collaboration between the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education (The Centre), the York Federation of Students, the Community Safety Department, the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services, Glendon College Student Union, Student Counselling, Health & Wellbeing and the Lassonde School of Engineering.

Participating in community events and conversations such as these helps to eliminate gendered violence.

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 wellbeing and take the space that you need for each event. For more resources and supports, community members can contact The Centre (

REDI Workshop Series: Addressing and Responding to Sexual Harassment - November 25

When: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Where: Online
Organized by: Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion
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In this interactive session, participants will examine various scenarios aimed at obtaining strategies and sharing best practices on how to identify, prevent and respond to instances of sexual harassment on campus.

The Issues and Impacts of Misogynoir: Voices of Experience - November 27

When: Friday, Nov. 27, 2020
Time: noon - 1 p.m.
Where: Zoom (online)
Presented by the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education,  Nneka McGregor, Paula Gowdie-Rose, Kien Saningong Azinwi and Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion
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Misogynoir—the term coined by queer Black feminist Moya Bailey to describe the experiences of prejudice and harassment directed at Black women—is a critical social issue and human rights concern. Spend an hour with the Centre, in partnership with the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, as they invite noted speakers, Nneka, Paula and Azinwi, to share their experiences and challenges addressing misogynoir. After, join us for a presentation and break-out discussion about your role in providing space for Black women to address the issues and impacts of misogynoir.

Safety During COVID-19:Challenges and Strategies for Effective Safety Planning - November 30

When: Monday, Nov. 30, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. - noon
Where: Zoom (online)
Presented by: Marcie Campbell, Student Counselling & Development
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This presentation will focus on how the pandemic can uniquely impact survivors of intimate partner violence. Presenter will identify forms of abuse related to COVID-19 as well as challenges/barriers to seeking help within communities and systems shutdown and/or overwhelmed by the pandemic. General and specific safety-planning strategies will be explored, as well as a discussion around thinking “outside the box” to promote safety and well-being for survivors.

YFS Discussion and Support Space – December 3

When: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020
Time: 3 p.m.
Where: Online
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December 6th marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This day comes from the December 6, 1989 mass shooting that took the lives of 14 women at Polytechnique Montreal. 31 years later, we continue to collectively fight against gender-based violence against women and remember those who were lost. Together, we can help address and prevent gender-based violence, provide support for survivors and speak up against harmful and violent behaviour.

Today, we are engaging in important discussions centered on violence against women. In this closed support space, we hope to expand on our experiences surrounding safety, gender-based violence and the ways in which we can support and uplift each other. This space aims to provide an opportunity for folks to talk about their experiences as women and how we can work collectively to build safer spaces that are free from gender-based violence.

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women Virtual Memorial - December 4

When: Friday, Dec. 4, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. - noon
Where: YouTube livestream link will be available to watch on this page.

MC: Lucy Fromowitz, Vice-Provost, Students

Please join us as we acknowledge December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women. This day was declared by Canada's Parliament as the National Day of Remembrance and Action following the murder of 14 women at L'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989.

We gather virtually to reflect upon this tragedy and to remember the 14 victims while recognizing that this systemic issue continues to plague our society. In remembering the violence of this day, we also reflect on the continuous and ongoing violence affecting women. This includes our Indigenous communities, trans communities as well as other marginalized groups affected by continued colonization, oppression, and patriarchy.

Virtual Memorial Live Stream


Support Resources

    • The Centre for Sexual Violence Response Support and Education
      • 416 736 5211
    • Student Counselling, Health & Wellbeing (walk-in counselling):
      • 416 736 5297
    • Good2Talk 24-hr Student Crisis Line:
      • 1-866-925-5454
    • Employee Assistance Program
      • 1-844-880-9142 (English)
      • 1-844-880-9143 (French)
      • 1-877-338-0275 (TTY) (24/7)