November is the month when women’s anti-violence advocates engage in 16 Days of Activism (Nov. 25 – Dec. 10) to end gender-based violence
November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women; December 6th commemorates the 14 women killed in 1989 in the Montreal Massacre at L’Ecole Polytechnique, and all the other women, including missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, who have been taken by femicide to date. It is a long list that haunts every women’s advocate.
This year, the NOWC and many other feminist groups across the province will focus on promoting the 86 jury recommendations from the recent Renfrew inquest into the murders of Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk, and Nathalie Warmerdam. We will bring some of them forward during the 16 Days of Activism because they directly reflect the work we have been doing for many years and speak to the reality of women who face the risk of gender-based violence (GBV), intimate partner violence (IPV) or femicide.
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- Get Help in Thunder Bay District: https://www.endwomanabuse.com/get-help/local-resources/
- GBV Navigation Advocate: [email protected] or (807) 935-8042
- Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces for Girls Global Flagship Initiative: International Compendium of Practices (Ending Violence Against Women Section, UN WOMEN, 2019): https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/Library/Publications/2019/Safe-cities-and-safe-public-spaces-Compendium-of-practices-en.pdf
- Safe Spaces for Women and Girls (SSWG) Standardization and Technical Guidance – How to set up a SSWG in practice, October 2017: https://reliefweb.int/report/world/safe-spaces-women-and-girls-sswg-standardization-and-technical-guidance-how-set-sswg
- Own your zone: three steps to creating a safe space (Gabby Nelson): https://medium.com/ungei-blog/own-your-zone-3-steps-to-creating-a-safe-space-5ed44bdfe914
- Safer Bars & Spaces Training and Policy for Hospitality and Arts Workplaces: https://dandelioninitiative.ca/referrals
- Good Night Out is an internationally renowned sexual violence prevention program: https://www.goodnightoutvancouver.com/saferspaces
- Make it Our Business is a certified online training program to assist in preparing everyone in the workplace to not only recognize signs of domestic violence, but also how to respond and seek help when workers are experiencing domestic violence. These are key components of professional development for all members of any workplace environment: https://www.makeitourbusiness.ca/training/certified-online-training.html
- Culleton, Kuzyk & Warmerdam (CKW) Inquest advocacy toolkit (Luke’s Place, October 2022): https://lukesplace.ca/culleton-kuzyk-warmerdam-ckw-inquest-advocacy-toolkit/
- Culleton, Kuzyk & Warmerdam Inquest Jury Recommendations: https://lukesplace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/CKW-Inquest-Verdict-Recommendations-SIGNED_Redacted.pdf
- Lessons from a Rural Inquest: Taking Action to Support the Recommendations from the Renfrew County Inquest (recording and slides): https://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/our-work/special-events/renfrew-county-inquest/index.html
- Joint Statement on the Release of the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence: https://lukesplace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Final-Joint-Statement-on-NAP.pdf