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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  • Feel empowered to make a difference with Draw the Line (Workshop): Tuesday December 6, 2pm-3pm (ET): This National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women let’s talk about safe and effective bystander intervention. Register: Draw the Line is a bystander intervention campaign developed by the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres.
  • For boys and men:
    • I Am a Kind Man Encourages Indigenous Men to End Violence Against Indigenous Women:  
    • Next Gen Men is changing the way men and youth see, act, and think about masculinity:
    • White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity:
    • Male Allies, a program of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region, engages boys and men, with their unique ability and responsibility, in ending systemic and everyday forms of gender-based violence:

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