The 2019 #16DaysUW campaign invites the University community to participate in numerous actions and events between November 25th and December 10th.

Some of these are ongoing over the 16 days, and others are scheduled on specific dates and times.

Bridge: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People

bridge with red ribbonsWorking with the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, Professor Sorouja Moll initiated Bridge in 2016 to create a space for all University community members to learn about the crisis as they reflect upon their responsibilities, write a name on red fabric, and tie it to the bridge between Environment 3 and St. Paul's University College. The gesture to name and remember the 4000+ missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and Two Spirit people in Canada is an active engagement in learning about the depth of the crisis in the nation while resisting the existing silence that continues to shroud it. As such, this research-creation initiative is a counter memorial and is part of a meaningful sustained collaborative intercultural practice between non-Indigenous and Indigenous communities.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the Bridge installation Opening Ceremony on  November 25 at 10:30am at the bridge between Environment 3 and St. Paul's University College. 

ME. YOU. US. Together We can Stop Violence

Four people in an embrace The Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies (SMF) is committed to education and activism that promotes meaningful and respectful relationships. In recognition of the many forms that violence takes, we have created an exhibit that moves us towards violence-free relationships.

The exhibit informs, challenges, and opens up space for ways that each of us can create kind and respectful relationships – fostering virtue rather than violence. It also provides information and resources for those who have experienced violence in relationships.

In recognition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence that begins on November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, this exhibit will span the full 16 Days. Please visit us at The Academic Centre (SJ2) at St. Jerome’s University from November 25th to December 10th.  Move through the exhibit at your own pace and visit as often as you wish.

Mad Meg: remember your name in domestic violence

Mad MegAs part of the University of Waterloo's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, Mad Meg creates a space in which community members can reflect upon their connection to domestic violence, which is often silenced due to shame, grief, and fear. The installation is not a space for full disclosure but a location in which individuals can reflect on and witness the lives (in solidarity and as a community) of those who were or are involved in this ubiquitous battle.

ACCKWA Red Scarf Project

ACCKWA red scarf projectThe Red Scarf Project is an awareness-raising and stigma-busting initiative in support of people living with HIV in Waterloo Region which lies on unceded territory of the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee peoples of the Haldimand Tract.

We hope to collect red scarves created by service users, volunteers, and community groups, along with their personalized messages expressing what their relationship with HIV and what ACCKWA means to them. These scarves and messages will then be displayed around the region throughout November and December, demonstrating to the community the many different ways HIV can impact someone’s life, regardless of their status. 

Red scarves and messages will be displayed at the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre from December 2nd-6th.

The Peer Health Education Sexual Health Team presents Sex Tac Toe

Peer Health EducationThe Peer Health Education Sexual Health Team will be engaging with students through their consent booth on November 25th and 26th. Join them for a healthy conversation about consent and participate in a game of Sex Tac Toe!


Monday November 25
10:00AM - 1:00PM
STC B2 Atrium

Predictors of Happy, Healthy Relationships

A man and a woman in an embrace

As part of the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, students from the Clinical Psychology Department and the Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment will be putting on a talk about what makes a happy, healthy relationship.

Sharing a satisfying romantic relationship with one’s partner is closely linked to overall quality of life. But what do strong, healthy relationships actually look like? While all relationships are unique, research shows that healthy partnerships share several key ingredients. Have you ever wondered: What is the best way to communicate with my partner? Our relationship isn’t as passionate as it used to be, is that normal? What can we do to keep our relationship fulfilling and fun?

 Lunch time screening of Gender Matters: A virtual discussion on violence against women

Gender MattersThe University of Waterloo Staff Association invites you to a lunch time screening of Gender Matters: A virtual discussion on violence against women.

As part of the Young Women's National Leadership Summit, the YWCA and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) invited participants aged 17+ from across North America to take part in a conversation with three outstanding role models and leaders in the fight for women's rights. Focusing on the subject of gender-based violence, the panellists discussed the issues that women are facing today, and how we can work together to create a fairer and safer society for all.

Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Light refreshments will be provided.

Responding to Discloures of Sexual Violence

supportResponding to Disclosures is a workshop in which participants will learn about key concepts such as definitions related to sexual violence, how to respond effectively to a disclosure of sexual violence, and the resources available to those disclosing and/or responding.

This interactive workshop will also discuss the systems of discrimination that exist in society and how those system influence how sexual violence happens and experienced. Finally, this workshop aims to deconstruct societal myths that pervade our discussions of sexual violence.

Men's Circle

Men's Circle logoThrough interactive exercises and discussions, the Men's Circle will explore some of the ways in which men can become leaders in creating a safer campus for everyone.

This workshop is hosted by the HeForShe faculty advocates of the University Colleges and is open to all male-identifying students.

Health Relationships Workshop at St. Paul's 

SASCStudents are invited to join an educator from the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASC) for an informative and interactive workshop on Healthy Relationships.

What does a healthy relationship actually look, sound, and feel like? What are “red flags” that someone may be trying to control or harm us? This workshop explores the characteristics of healthy, unhealthy, and abusive sexual, romantic, and peer to peer relationships. We will also touch on what to do if you are worried about a friend and their relationship. 

Gender and Social Just Program - #SafeOnCampus Project

The Gender and Social Justice Program in PHIL will be discussing safety on campus and map spaces that feel safe or unsafe. They will dialogue about myths, facts, agency, and institutional commitments to safety. Follow @ws101uw on Twitter as they tweet their results over the course of the 16 days.

W Store #16DaysUW In-Store Display

W StoreThe W Store will be coordinating an in-store display featuring recommended book titles from the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion that focus on gender-based violence. It is our goal in offering this consolidated display of recommended literature that we can support the UWaterloo campus community in learning more about gender-based violence and what actions we can all take against it. 

Musagetes Architecture Library, Cambridge - #SafeOnCampusProject

Staff at the Musagettes Architecture Library at the University of Waterloo’s Cambridge Campus are hosting an interactive safety mapping activity throughout 16 Days of Activism. Within the library, a campus map is up and all at the satellite campus are welcomed to depict areas in which they feel safe, unsure about their safety or not safe at all.    

Musagetes Architecture Library, Cambridge - #16DaysUW In-Library Book Display

The Musagettes Library is coordinating an in-library display featuring books that highlight works on gender and architecture. This action is one of the ways in which folks at the satellite campus can continue to take up timely and pertinent conversations about issues involved in gender based violence or deepen their awareness, en route to the daily activities that take them into the library space.