The 2016 #16daysUW campaign invites the University community to participate in numerous actions and events between November 25 and December 10. Some of these are ongoing over the 16 Days, and others are scheduled on specific dates and times. Watch this website for updates on actions and events.

Ongoing over 16 Days

Safe on Campus? 


Once again during 16 Days, the Safe on Campus? map will travel around UWaterloo spaces inviting community members to indicate with red, yellow, and green dots (as well as sticky notes if desired) which campus spaces feel unsafe, possibly unsafe, and safe.

We are collaborating with Drama and Speech Communications, Women’s Studies, the Women’s Centre, and the Library. This year, additional maps of the Stratford campus, the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Architecture (and their environs) will accompany the main map. Students in Women’s Studies 101 kicked off this year’s map project early; follow tweets hash tagged #safeoncampus and #16daysUW

Where do you feel safe on campus? Where do you wish you felt safer? We want to hear from you!

  • November 25-27, find the map in the Davis Centre
  • November 28-29, find the map in Dana Porter Library
  • November 29, find the map at Stratford Campus
  • November 30, find the map in Grad House
  • December 1, find the map at Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre's Soup & Bannock lunch (St Paul's).
  • December 2-5, find the map in Student Life Centre
  • December 6, find the map in Engineering 5
  • December 9, find the map in Student Life Centre

16 Days of videos: Arts teach-a-thon on rape culture 

Julia Roberts speaking at podium

Rape Culture and Drinking in Colonial Public Space - Julia Roberts, History 

Rape Culture and Game of Thrones - Katy Fulfer, Philosophy 

Rape Culture and Law - Rashmee Singh, Sociology and Legal Studies 

Rape Culture and Humour Toni Serafini, Sexuality, Marriage and the Family

Rape Culture and the Tragic Hero - Kathy Acheson, English 

Rape Culture and Vampire Fiction - Trevor Holmes, Centre for Teaching Excellence 

Rape Culture and Military Law - Doug Peers, History/Dean of Arts 

Rape Culture and Racism - Heather Smyth, English 

Rape Culture and Popular Films About University Life - Jay Dolmage, English 

Rape Culture and Twitter Aimée Morrison, English 

Rape Culture and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women - Susan Roy, History 

Rape Culture and Ignorance - Tim Kenyon, Philosophy 

Rape Culture and Trans People - Shannon Dea, Philosophy 

Rape Culture and War - Marlene Epp, PACS/Conrad Grebel

Bridge: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls 

bridge with red cloth tied to railing over creek

The Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre and Professor Sorouja Moll offer all University community members the chance to mark and tie a red cloth to the bridge between EV 3 and St Paul's University College, as a gesture to name and remember the 4,000+ missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Starts on November 25, 9:30 am at the bridge.


hand imprints in cement with rainwater filling them

Listen2MyWords provides a space to both reflect on gender-based violence against any individual and to take action to end it.

Submit your message, poem, essay, letter, illustration, photograph, or even a single word in confidence to the blog’s comments section. Your submission will be acknowledged with care and reposted anonymously.

Main dans la main contre la violence faite aux femmes et aux filles​

coloured paper hands cut out and stuck to wall

This year, the undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff from the French Studies department will write messages in French on paper hands to share their personal feelings, inspiring quotes, encouragement, hope, or tell everyone how they are committed to stop violence against women and girls, or what they would change to end the violence. The multicolored paper hands will be collected and displayed in the Modern Languages French Studies wall space for public access from November 28 to December 10.

Scheduled over 16 Days

Arresting Rape Culture (ARC)

students in parking lot at night

Students in a Theatre and Performance course focused on collaborative performance practices that arrest rape culture will share their research findings in site-specific performances on campus:

  • Fit to Survive - Nov. 25, 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Begins in the Hagey Hall Hub and moves to Parking Lot C, followed by Q and A.
  • SANE - Dec. 7, 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Begins in Hagey Hall Hub; followed by Q and A.

Becoming a Better Man: HeForShe workshops

strong man image with words Becoming a Better Man, Working to end gender-based  violence

Calling all male University of Waterloo students! Through interactive exercises, this three hour workshop will provide men with the tools to become better versions of themselves.

The dominant idea of manhood affects us all. More and more men are beginning to stand up and speak out about their desire to redefine what it means to be a man today. Please sign up for this workshop if you are interested in joining the growing number of men working to make UWaterloo a safer campus for everyone. Food and beverages will be provided. Please register.

HeForShe Ideathon against gendered violence on campus

woman speaking to man

Join the University of Waterloo and the UN’s HeForShe initiative in ending gender-based violence on campus! Globally, 1 in 3 women face a form of violence, and on campuses, students typically experience violence from other students. The best solutions to on-campus violence come from students themselves!

How would you create a culture of transparency and transformation on university campuses to end gender-based violence? November 29 4:00-7:00 pm in AHS 1689. Please register.

W3 speaker at Grad House

Professor Kim Nguyen (Speech Communication) discusses "Liberal Feminism as Biopower, or How Western Feminists Support the War on Terror."  

Grad students, post-docs, staff and faculty women and non-binary people welcome. No rsvp required. November 30, 12:00 to 1:30 pm, Grad House, 2nd floor.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women 

national day of remembrance logo with red rose

Students, faculty, staff and community leaders will come together to commemorate the 14 young women whose lives were taken on December 6, 1989 at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal, and to continue the pursuit of justice, equity and opportunity for all.

Place: Engineering 5, Sedra Student Design Centre. December 6, 10:30 am. Please register.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Library 

icon of woman against chalkboard

Women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) regularly suffer from gender-based harassment and exclusion, a phenomenon that is reflected in their chronic underrepresentation on Wikipedia. The University of Waterloo Library is hosting an edit-a-thon to help counter the trend and improve the representation of women in STEM fields on the site. Please join us at the library to create and improve pages that highlight the work of women in STEM. First-time and experienced editors welcome! Free pizza and refreshments will be provided. 

December 7, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Dana Porter Library, FlexLab. Visit the event page for more information.