16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Each year from November 25 to December 10, organizations and governments worldwide participate in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence to remind all citizens that they can act to stop gender violence.

The campaign begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and concludes on International Human Rights Day.

In Canada, the 16 Days campaign also encompasses the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, which was established to mark the anniversary of the murder of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. The recent CBC-Jian Ghomeshi case, the death threats against gaming expert Anita Sarkeesian, the abduction of 300 schoolgirls by Boko Haram, and the all-too-common murders of aboriginal women and trans* people make clear that gender violence is as serious a problem today as it was in 1989. The 16 Days campaign charges us to notice gender violence and to stand together against it as scholars and as citizens.

says Professor Shannon Dea of the Department of Philosophy and Director of Women’s Studies in the Faculty of Arts.

Full article: Daily Bulletin | November 25, 2014