The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

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In the year since #MeToo, issues of sexism, misogyny, and gender-based violence have moved to the forefront of public discussion. Canadians, led by the courageous voices of survivors and their families, have been encouraged to reflect on their own actions and determine how they can best support ending gender-based violence.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 and end on International Human Rights Day on December 10, have always been a time to increase awareness about the disproportionate levels of violence faced by women and girls, as well as diverse populations, including Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ2 community members, gender non-binary individuals, those living in northern, rural, and remote communities, people with disabilities, newcomers, children and youth, and seniors.

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

This year’s theme, #MYActionsMatter, carries on the message from last year’s successful campaign and is a call to action that asks everyone to take concrete steps to question, call out, and speak up against acts of gender-based violence (GBV). Recently, public attention has shone a light on what statistics have long confirmed: women in Canada and around the world continue to face violence each and every day. In response to this all-too-familiar reality #MYActionsMatter asks the question: what will you do?

GBV involves the use and abuse of power and control over another person and is perpetrated against someone based on their gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender. Violence against women and girls is one form of GBV. It also has a disproportionate impact on LGBTQ2 and gender non-binary people.

Look closely and you will see the roots of GBV all around you — in sexist jokes that demean women, in the language that we use, in media messages that objectify women, and in the rigid gender norms we impose on young children. With the release of It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, the Government of Canada is committed to taking immediate action to end this form of violence.

We are using #MYActionsMatter to ask Canadians what they can do to prevent GBV, and invite you to use one of the five ways in which you can become an ally in our efforts to end GBV:

  • Listen – be open to learning from the experiences of others.
  • Believe – support survivors and those affected by violence.
  • Speak out – add your voice to call out violence.
  • Intervene – find a safe way to help when you see acts of GBV.
  • Act – give your time to organizations working to end violence, and be the change you want to see.

Take the pledge to end gender-based violence! #MYActionsMatter

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16 Days of Activism, #MYACTIONSMATTER - What can you do to take action against gender-based violence? LISTEN.
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Two women enthusiastically shout into a megaphone. The entirety of the image is made up of thin purple lines that intersect. The words “#MyActionsMatter” floats to the right of the women and is followed by “What can you do to take action against gender-based violence? LISTEN. Be open to learning from others who have more expertise and experience. Before you speak, think: have you really listened?” Beneath the text, and running the length of the photo, is a purple bar with the Status of Women Canada departmental identifier in the bottom left-hand corner in white text. The Canada wordmark appears in white text in the right-hand corner.

16 Days of Activism, #MYACTIONSMATTER - What can you do to take action against gender-based violence? BELIEVE.
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Two women enthusiastically shout into a megaphone. The entirety of the image is made up of thin purple lines that intersect. The words “#MyActionsMatter” floats to the right of the women and is followed by “What can you do to take action against gender-based violence? BELIEVE. Believe survivors and those who have been affected by gender-based violence. Hear their truths and support their stance.” Beneath the text, and running the length of the photo, is a purple bar with the Status of Women Canada departmental identifier in the bottom left-hand corner in white text. The Canada wordmark appears in white text in the right-hand corner.

16 Days of Activism, #MYACTIONSMATTER - What can you do to take action against gender-based violence? SPEAK OUT.
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Two women enthusiastically shout into a megaphone. The entirety of the image is made up of thin purple lines that intersect. The words “#MyActionsMatter” floats to the right of the women and is followed by “What can you do to take action against gender-based violence? SPEAK OUT. Join the conversation and use your voice to speak out against gender-based violence. We all have a role to play in ending violence.” Beneath the text, and running the length of the photo, is a purple bar with the Status of Women Canada departmental identifier in the bottom left-hand corner in white text. The Canada wordmark appears in white text in the right-hand corner.

16 Days of Activism, #MYACTIONSMATTER - What can you do to take action against gender-based violence? INTERVENE.
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Two women enthusiastically shout into a megaphone. The entirety of the image is made up of thin purple lines that intersect. The words “#MyActionsMatter” floats to the right of the women and is followed by “What can you do to take action against gender-based violence? INTERVENE. If you see someone being threatened or assaulted – find a safe way to help.” Beneath the text, and running the length of the photo, is a purple bar with the Status of Women Canada departmental identifier in the bottom left-hand corner in white text. The Canada wordmark appears in white text in the right-hand corner.

16 Days of Activism, #MYACTIONSMATTER - What can you do to take action against gender-based violence? ACT.
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Two women enthusiastically shout into a megaphone. The entirety of the image is made up of thin purple lines that intersect. The words “#MyActionsMatter” floats to the right of the women and is followed by “What can you do to take action against gender-based violence? ACT. Giving your time to an operation or group that works to prevent and address gender-based violence. Be the change you want to see and take on a leadership role within your community.” Beneath the text, and running the length of the photo, is a purple bar with the Status of Women Canada departmental identifier in the bottom left-hand corner in white text. The Canada wordmark appears in white text in the right-hand corner.

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The text that appears at the top of the poster reads “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence” followed by “#MYActionsMatter”. Beneath the text are three women stand together speaking out against acts of gender-based violence. The woman at the front is speaking through a megaphone. The image uses a purple and white colour scheme with thin, sporadic purple lines that intersect throughout. At the bottom of the poster is a purple bar with the Status of Women Canada departmental identifier in the bottom left-hand corner in white text. The Canada wordmark appears in white text in the right-hand corner.

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