The 2018 #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 events

Red Ribbon Bridge installation: Honouring the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls

hundred of red ribbons tied on bridge

The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre and Professor Sorouja Moll offer all University of Waterloo community members the chance to mark and tie a red cloth to the bridge between EV3 and St. Paul's University College, as a gesture to name and remember the 4000+ missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Starts on Tuesday November 27, 10:00am and continues over 16 Days.


ACCKWA Red Scarf Project

ACCKWA red scarf project

The Red Scarf Campaign 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.

Starts Monday December 3 and ends Monday December 10th.

For more information please visit the event page

Scheduled events

Tea and Talk with Wazhma Frogh

November 28 @ 11:30am

Wazhma Frogh meeting with Hilary Clinton and Michelle Obama

Wazhma Frogh is a human rights lawyer, peacemaker, and women’s rights activist from Afghanistan. She has recently moved to KW from Afghanistan.

In this Tea-and-Talk, Frogh will discuss her experiences challenging gender-based violence in Afghanistan. Among her work, Wazhma has highlighted the role women play in preventing extremism and violence, improved the situation of women working in security forces, and prosecuted perpetrators of sexual abuse and violence.

For more information about the event, please visit the event page.


W3: Waterloo Women's Wednesdays presents Naila Keleta Mae: Canadian Theatre Made for Black Women

November 28 @ 4:00PM

Naila Keleta-Mae is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo who has expertise in race, gender, performance, theatre and Beyoncé and whose research is supported by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2018).

W3 (Waterloo Women's Wednesdays) is a monthly gathering (and mailing list) of women identified and non-binary grad students, post-docs, staff and faculty that meets on the last Wednesday of each month, roughly alternating between lunchtime and afternoon events.

For more information about the event, please visit the event page.


Gendered Conflicts & The Pursuit of Peace: A Poster Exhibit of students in 'Gender in War and Peace'

November 29 3:00PM - 5:00PM

00PM - Conrad Grebel Atrium


The Intersectionality of violence: in conversation with Leon Tsai & Student Activists

November 30th @ 12:00PM

The Intersectionality of Violence

As part of UWaterloo’s 16 Days to End Gender-Based Violence campaign, Feds student-run services RAISE, Women's Centre and Glow will be co-facilitating The Intersectionality of Violence: In Conversation with Leon Tsai and Student Activists in the second floor event space in E7, an event to remember and bring to light the violence trans people of colour experience in Canada. 

For more information please visit the event page.


Better Birth Experiences: Empowering Partners, Preventing Trauma

December 5th @ 6:00PM

Adults holding babies hand

Supporting families to move through birth in an informed, empowered way is a first step in preventing experiences of trauma.

In this 1-hour workshop, midwifery student Spencer Sawyer addresses the challenges inherent to our maternal healthcare system, and concrete ways to move through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum from a lens of empowerment, agency, and self-efficacy. This workshop hones in on ways partners can meaningfully provide support, moving from bystanders to champions of reproductive health and agency.

For more information please visit the event page.


National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6th @ 10:30am

Womans sillohoutteDecember 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. This year will mark the 29th anniversary of the tragic events that took place in 1989 at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal.

Students, faculty, staff and community leaders will come together to reflect and commemorate the 14 young women whose lives were taken, and to continue the pursuit of justice, equity and opportunity for all.

Register for this event here.