S. Dea: Thoughts on the close of 16 days

Wednesday, December 10, 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. Today is the final day of the annual campaign, which is bookended by International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and International Human Rights Day.

Over the course of the 16 Days campaign, I had the opportunity to talk to faculty, staff, students and community members about gendered violence

says Professor Shannon Dea, who wrote recently on the relevance of the campaign to Waterloo's Women's Studies program.

I heard from others who have experienced gendered violence, and reflected on my own experiences of it. The bad news is that women and sexual minorities continue to experience disproportionate violence worldwide. The good news is that as a community we are becoming increasingly aware of gendered violence and are working to make the world safer for everyone, regardless of gender.

Full article: Daily Bulletin | Dec. 10, 2014