16 Days of Action against Violence against Women November 25 – December 10
We celebrate Women’s History month during October. While it is important to look back and see our progress, it is imperative that we focus our activities on the many human rights challenges facing women around the globe and celebrate the leadership of women in defending human rights. It is a time to plan for, and carry out, events and actions to end violence against women.
The 16 Days of Action came from the 1st Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991. It begins on November 25, the International Day against Violence against Women and continues until December 10, which is International Human Rights Day. It also includes December 6, the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. On December 6, 1989, a man murdered 14 young women at a Montreal university. It was a tragedy that shocked Canadians and forced us to acknowledge the extent of violence against women and girls in our society. Two years later a group of concerned men started an awareness campaign on the issue of men’s violence against women. Men and boys were encouraged to wear white ribbons. Now, all people wanting to take a stand against violence against women wear the white ribbon to show their support.
White ribbons were distributed by staff reps this Friday, Nov 25th – make sure you wear your ribbon to show your commitment to the stand against Violence against women.