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Gender-based violence is not just a women’s issue — it’s everyone’s issue and we all have an important role to play in addressing it. Looking the other way is not an option.

Together, our individual actions will help build a society that is respectful towards women, encourages victims to speak out and supports survivors as they heal.

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

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Women are 11 times more likely than men to be victims of sexual offences.

Women are 11 times more likely than men to be victims of sexual offences.

Women are three times more likely than men to experience criminal harassment.

Women with disabilities are at four times greater risk of experiencing sexual assault.

Women are almost four times more likely than men to experience intimate partner violence.

Women are almost four times more likely than men to experience intimate partner violence.

The RCMP reports that nearly 1,200 Aboriginal women and girls have been murdered or gone missing in Canada.

The RCMP reports that nearly 1,200 Aboriginal women and girls have been murdered or gone missing in Canada.

Data suggest that one-quarter of female students in college or university have experienced sexual assault or attempted sexual assault; 90% of these students knew their attacker.

Data suggest that one-quarter of female students in college or university have experienced sexual assault or attempted sexual assault; 90% of these students knew their attacker.

Women are three times more likely than men to experience criminal harassment.

Women are three times more likely than men to experience criminal harassment.

Aboriginal women are three times more likely to report experiencing violence than non-Aboriginal women.

Aboriginal women are three times more likely to report experiencing violence than non-Aboriginal women.

Young women between the ages of 15 and 24 experience the highest rates of violence.

Young women between the ages of 15 and 24 experience the highest rates of violence.

Since 1980, the number of non-Aboriginal female victims of homicide has been declining, while the number of Aboriginal female victims has remained relatively constant.

Since 1980, the number of non-Aboriginal female victims of homicide has been declining, while the number of Aboriginal female victims has remained relatively constant.

8 out of 10 victims of intimate partner violence are women.

8 out of 10 victims of intimate partner violence are women.

Aboriginal women are over-represented among Canada's murdered women; they make up 4% of the female population but represent 16% of all murdered women.

Aboriginal women are over-represented among Canada's murdered women; they make up 4% of the female population but represent 16% of all murdered women.

Sexual offences are eight times more likely to be committed against girls aged 12-17 than male youth.

Sexual offences are eight times more likely to be committed against girls aged 12-17 than male youth.

Spousal violence against women in Canada costs an estimated $4.8 billion per year.

Spousal violence against women in Canada costs an estimated $4.8 billion per year.

90% of sexual assaults against women by a non-spousal accused are never reported to police.

90% of sexual assaults against women by a non-spousal accused are never reported to police.

Women know their sexual attacker in three-quarters of incidents.

Women know their sexual attacker in three-quarters of incidents.

I have taken the pledge to end violence against women and girls. Will you?

I have taken the pledge to end violence against women and girls. Will you?

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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.
Go to women.gc.ca and Take the Pledge #EndViolence
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
(November 25 - December 10)
Go to women.gc.ca and Take the Pledge #EndViolence

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    3 long-stemmed red roses appear as though planted in a field, against white background, with the ground under them represented in black. Above the roses are several lines of text which read: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women followed by “Reflect, Remember, Join the movement to end violence”. Readers are encouraged to go to women.gc.ca and take a pledge to end violence. Beside the roses is printed the twitter identification of “hashtag December 6”. Beneath the roses the text reads: “The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – November 25-December 10. In opposite corners of the poster in small print are the Status of Women Canada and Government of Canada logos.

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