The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence begin on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and end on International Human Rights Day on December 10.

They also include the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women on December 6. The 16 Days of Activism is a time to both reflect on violence against women and to take action to end it.

Violence Against Indigenous Women

While women and girls tend to be more vulnerable to many forms of violence than men and boys, statistics show that Aboriginal women are three times more likely than non-Aboriginal women to experience violence. As we mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, we know that Canadians are disturbed by the disappearance and death of nearly 1,200 Aboriginal women and girls. This is an ongoing national tragedy that must be brought to an end.

What will you do?

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence are about remembering victims; they are also a time to take action. Get Involved

Violence Against Women and Girls

Violence against women and girls affects us all. It destroys lives and weakens the fabric of our society. As a population, it takes a heavy toll on our communities and our economy.

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"Let us commit as a country to stopping violence against women and girls. Each of us can do something. Together we will make a real difference."

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada

"The journey towards ending violence against women and girls is not an easy one. It is long and challenging, but I do believe it is possible. Join us in making Canada safer for women and girls by committing to take action today."

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Status of Women
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"The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign is an important reminder of the many opportunities we have to combat violence against women and gender inequality. 1 in 3 women globally will experience sexual or physical violence in her lifetime. In Canada, 1 woman is killed by her domestic partner every six days. This is unacceptable and preventable. We need inclusive, sustainable and effective solutions to end gender-based violence. To do this, men must raise their voices in equality, not their hands. Investment in gender equality will result in eradicating violence against women on an international scale. I encourage all Canadians to come together for collective action. Together we can make a difference locally and globally. It’s time to break the cycle of violence!"

Almas Jiwani - President
UN Women Canada
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"According to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. Together we must stand strong against any and all violence, making Canada a safer place for us all to pursue the lives we choose. Join me in fulfilling our obligation to all Canadians by taking the pledge to say - we are NOT okay with violence of any kind!"

Heather MOYSE
Motivational Speaker & 2x Olympic Gold Medalist
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Violence against Women Must End – Take the Pledge

The RCMP reports that nearly 1,200 Aboriginal women
and girls have been murdered or gone missing in Canada.
Women are almost four times more likely than men to experience
intimate partner violence.
90% of sexual assaults against women by a non-spousal accused
are never reported to police.
Violence against women must end.
What will you do to help?
I will
speak out against gender-based violence.
I will
not tolerate degrading language about women.
I will
teach my child about healthy relationships.
I will
speak out against violence against women and girls.
I will
not look the other way.
I will
raise my son to respect women.
I will
not blame the victim.
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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
(November 25 - December 10)
Go to and Take the Pledge #EndViolence

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