National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

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Join us as we honour those we have lost and reflect on renewing our commitment to end gender-based violence. Participate in community events and conversations helping to eliminate gendered violence. Register Now.

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 kind collaboration between the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education, the York Federation of Students, the Community Safety Department, the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services, York Federation of Students and the Lassonde School of Engineering.

Feathers for Our Women - November 25 to December 3

When: Monday, November 25, 2019 to Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Where: Vari Hall
Organized by: The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education

Shares of Our Sisters invites you to take part in Feathers for our Women Project. Shades of Our Sisters is an installation which honours the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Transgender and Two-spirited People (MMIWGT2S.) The Feathers For Our Women project encourages visitors of the installation to create a feather in honour of someone who is missing or has been murdered. The feathers will be added to the centrepiece of the exhibit which stands to honour all MMIWGT2S and their families.

Healthy Relationships Presentation - November 25

When: Monday, November 25, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 626 Kaneff Tower
Presented by: The Centre for Sexual Violence, Response, Support & Education
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Join us as we navigate what healthy relationships look like through establishing boundaries, expanding communication and examining unhealthy relationship characteristics. This workshop will require audience participation with self-reflection activities as well as group activities.

'Polytechnique' - Film Screening and Community Discussion - November 27

When: Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Room 307 First Student Centre
Presented by: York Federation of Students
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As a part of the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the York Federation of Students presents a screening of the 2009 film "Polytechnique" in Nat Taylor Cinema in collaboration with campus partners.

Polytechnique is a film based on the true events that occurred at Montreal’s École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989. The film is a dramatization told through the eyes of one of the surviving female students, and looks at the Montreal Massacre from a number of perspectives.

The content of the film may be difficult or disturbing for some viewers, given topics of violence, murder, sexism, suicide, PTSD and a female-targeted massacre. There will be Active Listeners and supports on site the date of the film, and a community discussion on the impact of patriarchy, feminism and gender-based violence following the film. All are welcome. Please contact wellness@yfs.ca for any accessibility needs.

'Intersectionality and Sexual Violence' in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - December 2

When: Monday, December 2, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 305 York Lanes
Presented by: The Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion
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In the session, you will:

  • Recognize the importance of using an intersectional lens.
  • Understand unconscious bias as it relates to bystander intervention and sexual violence.
  • Recognize the diversity of experiences of survivors and barriers to accessing supports and services.
  • Develop capacity to share your knowledge with other Active Bystanders and members of the wider community.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Memorial - December 3

When: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 11 a.m. to noon
Where: Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, Eatery
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On this day, we commemorate the lives of 14 female victims of the December 6, 1989 massacre at École Polytechnique in Montreal.

These young women were engineering and nursing students, as well as a staff administrator. They were targeted because they were women in an engineering school.

We also take this opportunity to commemorate the continuous violence against women that plagues our communities and explore how our community we can do better to support one and other.

We Remember:

  • Geneviève Bergeron, age 21, second year civil engineering student
  • Hélène Colgan, age 23, fourth year mechanical engineering student
  • Nathalie Croteau, age 23, fourth year mechanical engineering student
  • Barbara Daigneault, age 22, fourth year mechanical engineering student
  • Anne-Marie Edward, age 21, first year chemical engineering student
  • Maud Haviernick, age 29, second year metallurgical engineering student
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, age 31, first year nursing student
  • Maryse Laganière, age 25, school budget clerk
  • Maryse Leclair, age 23, fourth year metallurgical engineering student
  • Anne-Marie Lemay, age 27, fourth year mechanical engineering student
  • Sonia Pelletier, age 28, fourth year mechanical engineering student
  • Michèle Richard, age 21, second year metallurgical engineering student
  • Annie St-Arneault, age 23, fourth year mechanical engineering student
  • Annie Turcotte, age 21, first year metallurgical engineering student

Toxic Masculinity is a Choice - How do I make the Right Choices? - December 3

When: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, Room #125
Presented by: The Centre for Sexual Violence, Response, Support & Education
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"What is Toxic Masculinity and what do we do about it? Learn how to engage men and male-identified persons in the conversation about ending gendered violence through small steps and large change."

Leroy Milton is an educator, advocate and activist to end gender-based violence by working with men and male-identified folks. He speaks in-depth about unhealthy masculinity, consent and crafting healthy relationships. Leroy brings his personal lived experiences to connect with audiences in a powerful, unique, interactive way."