It really stinks that it’s 2017 and there is even more need for things like the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The campaign was instigated by UN Women which aims to raise public awareness and mobilize people everywhere to bring about change. This year’s theme is “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”.
Orange has been designated the colour for the campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence. #OrangeTheWorld
Beginning November 25 with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign still includes: December 1, World AIDS Day; December 6th, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada; December 9, International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime; and concludes on December 10th with International Human Rights Day.
Let’s step up, citizens of the world. Be aware of what we do and how we treat others. Leave no one behind.
For more information about 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence check out these sites.
Status of Women – The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
World Health Organization – 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence
United Nations – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
United Nations – Human Rights Day
World Aids Day
The city of Toronto has some events going on in support of the campaign.
Holiday Housewarming: In support of The Redwood Women’s Shelter at Watson’s
Mary Eberts on “Violence Against Women: It’s a Human Rights Issue AND an Economic Issue” at Fleck Atrium, Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto commemoration at Hart House
Women Won’t Forget at Queen’s Park
After Me Too at The Globe and Mail
Think about volunteering or donating to these amazing organizations. Also know that they are there for you should you need them. We all are.
Canadian Women’s Foundation
Nellie’s – Shelter, Education & Advocacy for all women and children
The White Ribbon Foundations
Men in support of ending violence against women