16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
Battered Women's Support services
Taking action in ending violence against girls and women
2014 information TBA. Last year's press release is below:
November 25 – December 10, 2013
On Monday, November 25, 2013, Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) announces our second annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. BWSS joins millions of activists from across Canada and around the world in a call for an end to gender-based violence and we seek to engage individuals, communities, governments and the larger society to increase our response, to act and prevent gender-based violence. Over the next 16 Days we seek to demonstrate how social structures, historical underpinnings, violent masculinities, harmful traditions, and legal policies help normalize gender-based violence and impunity. We will raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level. We will also demonstrate how women, girls, boys and men are taking action, resisting violence, seeking safety, owning their role, teaching others, both here, in Canada, and around the world.
It may come as a surprise, but there is no country and no society which is not profoundly affected by gender-based violence. So it continues to be the responsibility of all of us to bring an end to this serious human rights violation. From Canada to Afghanistan, from the UK to Zimbabwe, the 16 Days Campaign is a powerful platform to help us find authentic ways to advocate for an end to gender-based violence.
16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women begins on November 25th, continues through December 6th and concludes on December 10th. Here’s more about the significance of these dates.
On November 25, 1960, three Mirabel sisters were brutally assassinated for opposing the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic on the orders of the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo. Since 1981, the date 25 November has been marked as tribute to the Mirabel sisters and also as global recognition of gender violence by United Nations and activists. November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women...