The 2017 #16daysUW campaign invites the University community to participate in numerous actions and events between November 23 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 

Safe on Campus? 


During the 16 Days, several locations around campus will host the Safe on Campus? Map Project

When you visit a map location, we invite you to indicate with red, yellow, and green dots which campus spaces feel unsafe, possibly unsafe, and safe. We have sticky notes available (also colour-coded) if you want to expand on why you put a dot in a particular location.

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

Map locations and dates:
  • Nov. 24 to Dec. 11, Environment 2, room 2001
  • Nov. 28 to Dec. 8, Hagey Hall Hub, main floor
  • Nov. 27 to Dec. 8, atrium of the Academic Center, St. Jerome's University
  • Nov. 27, Women's Studies 101 class, 6:30  to 9:30pm, MC 1085
  • Nov. 30 Hagey Hall 373, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, Philosophy student conference on harm reduction
  • Dec. 1 to 5, Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre, St. Paul's University College
  • Dec. 4 and 5, Applied Health Sciences new atrium

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

bridge with hundreds of red ribbons tied to it

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 24, 10:00 am at the bridge, adn continues over 16 Days.

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

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





Scheduled events

Walking With Our Sisters, Nov. 23

Walking with our sisters poster detail

Walking With Our Sisters is a massive commemorative art installation comprised of 1,763+ pairs of moccasin vamps (tops) plus 108 pairs of children’s vamps created and donated by hundreds of caring and concerned individuals to draw attention to this injustice of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Touring Turtle Island, the art installation is currently at Six Nations. 

A bus paid by Conrad Grebel University College is taking students and others to this event, leaving at 4:30 pm on November 23. Please register to join the bus trip to Six Nations.

Man Up: Exploring Healthy Masculinity, Dec. 1

man up poster

HeForShe presents a series of Man Up workshops open to all male identifying students from all faculties. This workshop is hosted by the Faculty of Environment. Register for the December 1 workshop.

Red Scarf Project, Dec. 1-5

red wool and logo

HIV disproportionately affects people who are marginalized by systems of oppression and violence, including gender-based violence. In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA), the Red Scarf Project is an awareness-raising and stigma-busting initiative in support of people living with HIV in Waterloo Region. Red scarves and messages will be displayed at the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre, December 1 to 5.

For more information about ACCKWA and the services they offer, please visit their website

Be the Light: Gendered Violence Solidarity and Remembrance, Dec. 5

paper bag lanterns

On December 5, join members of the Waterloo community for a procession to remember those who have lost their lives to gendered violence, and in solidarity with those who are survivors. We will have an opening ceremony at the University of Waterloo Student Life Centre, and then there will be a procession moving along University Avenue, up King Street, and the event will conclude with a short ceremony at Waterloo Public Square. Paper lanterns will be provided to participants so we can light up the night!

Join this event on Facebook.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Dec. 6 

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, 3:00 pm. Register.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Library, Dec. 8 

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 8, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Dana Porter Library, FlexLab.