16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism are an opportunity to come together as Canadians and with partners around the world to call out and speak up on gender-based violence. The campaign begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and goes until December 10, Human Rights Day.

Throughout the campaign, our resources will focus on actions both individuals and community can take to demand accountability, stronger measures, and change from their government to end femicide and violence against women and children.  

We've incorporated an 8-part blog series highlighting the Culleton, Kuzyk, Warmerdam Inquest 86 recommendations. Each part reviews a range of topics directed at the provincial and federal government to implement changes to the way intimate partner violence and femicide is prioritized. 

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Day 1: What is Femicide?

Femicide is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as ‘the intentional killing of women because they are women. Femicide is the most extreme form of violence against women on the continuum of violence and discrimination against women and girls.

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Day 2: Accountability - Inquest Recommednations

Over a series of blogs, we spotlight the Renfrew County Inquest jury's 86 recommendations. Each blog addresses ways to recognize and prevent intimate partner violence at a community level.

The first set of recommendations looks at the need for oversight and accountability. These initial recommendations recognize the importance of listening to and learning from victims/survivors and emphasize the need to follow-up on implementation.

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Day 3: Recognize the Warning Signs of Domestic Violence at Work

Workplaces can play a vital role in helping end violence against women, especially when we look out for one other to create safe work environments.

Overcoming the hesitation to get involved in situations of domestic violence or workplace harassment can be difficult, but there are resources you can turn to:

Day 4: Collaboration - Inquest Recommendations

Over a series of blogs, we spotlight the Renfrew County Inquest jury's 86 recommendations. Each blog addresses ways to recognize and prevent intimate partner violence at a community level.

This set focuses on the group of 11 recommendations that seek increased collaboration and communication across government ministries and agencies involved in situations of IPV. What’s especially encouraging to read from these recommendations is the call for trauma-informed training for those working in the justice system.

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Day 5: How to Contact Your Local Government to Take Action on Femicide

We as a community can demand that the government strengthen their institutional response to patterns of GBV and femicide. Your voice has the power to demand change and action.  

Here are some steps on how to contact your local government and inquire about their commitments to creating a coordinated federal strategy: 

  • Inquire about your MP's strategy to address IPV and Femicide.

    Questions you can ask:

    • Are they aware of current crisis responses and institutional policies? If so, what are they?
    • How do they plan to address the issues and rising statistics of IPV?
    • What does their commitment to systemic change mean?
    • What specific supports would they prioritize for Indigenous peoples and their communities? How will they push for change at a federal level?
    • How will they emphasize the engagement of men and boys in their strategy? 
    • What recommendations would you give the Ministry of Health (or equivalent) to address the mental health needs of survivors of violence?
Letter Template:
Dear [recipient name will go here],

I’m sending this letter to demand the federal government take the next steps toward a National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence.

As an individual living in Canada, I’m joining the many advocates and organizations who have been calling for this to ensure safety, rights, and better quality of life for ALL women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ people.

It's long overdue, despite ongoing efforts to make it a national priority. In 2015, Women’s Shelters Canada launched A Blueprint for Canada’s National Action Plan on Violence against Women. In 2019, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls noted that a specific plan needs to be developed by and for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit women, girls, and Two-Spirit individuals. There has been some recent progress, including $30 million promised towards the efforts and a restated commitment in the 2020 Speech from the Throne. But we need to act quickly, because the COVID-19 crisis has led to increased risk and reports of gender-based violence.

Plan development should follow the directions advocates and organizations have pointed toward, such as: more violence prevention and consent education efforts, better crisis response and help for those affected by violence, stronger institutional policies, and comprehensive community consultations.

As we rebuild in the pandemic and address its numerous impacts, the need for a National Action Plan is greater than ever. That’s why I’m asking you to endorse the reissued calls for a coherent, coordinated, well-resourced National Action Plan.

Sincerely,
[your name will go here]

Day 6: Funding - Inquest Recommendations

Over a series of blogs, we spotlight the Renfrew County Inquest jury's 86 recommendations. Each blog addresses ways to recognize and prevent intimate partner violence at a community level.

This third installment of recommendations looks at how funding priorities for IPV victims and related support services across the province are determined – and calls for more attention to the needs of remote and rural communities.

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Day 7: Overcome Your Hesitation to Help

Are you concerned about someone you think is experiencing domestic violence, but don’t know what to do? Overcome your hesitation to help, violence against women affects us all.

This information describes the warning signs and the steps you can take to help:

Day 8: Education - Inquest Recommendations

Over a series of blogs, we spotlight the Renfrew County Inquest jury's 86 recommendations. Each blog addresses ways to recognize and prevent intimate partner violence at a community level.

A key element of IPV prevention and incidence management is continuing education and training – for the public and for professionals who work frontline with these kinds of cases. This set of recommendations highlight the jury’s education and training priorities to eliminate IPV and better manage incidents. 

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Day 9: Perpetrator Interventions - Inquest Recommendations

Over a series of blogs, we spotlight the Renfrew County Inquest jury's 86 recommendations. Each blog addresses ways to recognize and prevent intimate partner violence at a community level.

In this fifth blog, we look at the themes related to people who use abusive behaviours toward their partners and how flexible, accessible services for perpetrators should be available in our communities.

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Day 10: Femicide is a Men's Issue

We all have a vital role to play. Engaging with men and boys can help elevate the issues that women are facing while also encouraging other men to take action and make small changes in their own lives, families, and households.

Calling on men to draw attention to the issue of femicide and its precursors, e.g., domestic violence, healthy masculinities, mental health, can help remove stigma and barriers to exposing the occurrence of violence and the need for change.  

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Day 11: Violence Interventions - Inquest Recommendations

Over a series of blogs, we spotlight the Renfrew County Inquest jury's 86 recommendations. Each blog addresses ways to recognize and prevent intimate partner violence at a community level.

This next set of recommendations highlights the jury’s recommended measures around intimate partner violence (IPV) interventions. The collaboration of survivors in creating a common framework would improve intervention programming and establish clearer provincial guidelines and policies.

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Day 12: National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

December 6 is The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

On this day, 14 engineering students of École Polytechnique were murdered because they were women. The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) was founded in 1992, established in response to a federal study on the problem of violence against women, prompted by this tragedy.

This day of remembrance commemorates the lives of survivors who face gender-based violence, and those who are no longer here because of it. Each and every day, we can show our commitment to ending misogyny and preventing violence through our actions: 

  • Speak up against harmful behaviours
  • Educate yourself and your families on #GBV and healthy masculinities
  • Listen to the voices of survivors
  • Add your voice to the conversation, follow #16Days of Activism campaigns
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Day 13: Victim Safety - Inquest Recommendations

Over a series of blogs, we spotlight the Renfrew County Inquest jury's 86 recommendations. Each blog addresses ways to recognize and prevent intimate partner violence at a community level.

This set of recommendations looked to better police responses, highlighting the importance of reviewing the current policies and legislation that often create vulnerabilities for survivors, even after leaving the relationship.

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Day 14: Support Services - Shelters and Transition Houses

Someone who is experiencing domestic violence and preparing to leave may start by reaching out to a loved one to make a safety plan.

Over 600 shelters across Canada are ready to support someone experiencing abuse. A local women's shelter can assist with safety planning and may even be a more secure and temporary place that the abusive partner cannot access.

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Day 15: Leadership Requests - Inquest Recommendations

Over a series of blogs, we spotlight the Renfrew County Inquest jury's 86 recommendations. Each blog addresses ways to recognize and prevent intimate partner violence at a community level.

The final set of recommendations from the Renfrew County Inquest turns to the leadership bodies of Canada. The jury reinforced the recurring themes from the inquest and the calls for change at the federal level, emphasizing the recommendations be adopted as soon as possible if preventing intimate partner violence is of utmost concern for Canadians.

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Day 16: Human Rights Day

December 10 is the International Human Rights Day, the international commemoration of the UN General Assembly adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document, laying out the fundamental human rights to equality, freedom, and safety. 

This year, The Canadian Human Rights Act celebrates their 45th anniversary. They have proposed 45 Calls for Inclusion, urging the Canadians and our governments to advocate and take action to improve human rights. 

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