16 Days of Activism
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that challenges violence against women and girls. The campaign runs from November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to December 10th, Human Rights Day. During this period, our goal is to create greater awareness about gender-based violence which continues to prevail as a reality that impacts women and girls worldwide. In order to tackle this issue, we will post an action or daily message from November 25th to December 10th to further illuminate gender-based violence and the impact it has on its victims. We ask that you share, like or tweet our posts. We won’t stay silent and we hope you join us on our 16 Days of Activism.
The United Nations designated November 25th as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and this date marks the launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The 2018 theme is Orange the World: #HearMeToo which encourages us to wear orange in solidarity with the cause and to UNiTE to End Violence Against Women.
To quote UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: “Not until the half of our population represented by women and girls can live free from fear, violence and everyday insecurity, can we truly say we live in a fair and equal world.”
It’s time to take the pledge! The Canadian Government is encouraging everyone to denounce all forms of violence against women by taking the pledge and showing your support for all victims of violence. You can also continue the discussion with your friends and family on social media by using the hashtag #MYActionsMatter
Today is the 6th annual Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global moment for giving and volunteering. It’s a time when we can come together and rally for our favourite causes. Click here to learn more about Giving Tuesday.
What is the bystander effect?
“The bystander effect happens when someone is in need, people in large groups feel that they don’t have to do anything because someone else will take care of it. The end result is that no one does anything.” Follow this link to learn more.
Do you want to know how to help? The GNWT’s “What Will It Take” campaign aims to give bystanders the confidence and skills to help support individuals experiencing family violence.
Join V-DAY. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls*. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery. Click here for more information.
Test your knowledge on violence against women by taking this short quiz.
Victim Services offers a community-based victim service program to victims of crime and/or sudden trauma who may or may not have reported the crime to police or are involved in the criminal justice system. To find a contact in your area please go to https://www.justice.gov.nt.ca/en/victim-services-contacts/.
Family violence takes a terrible toll on women in the Northwest Territories. The rate of spousal assault in our territory is nine times the national average. YWCA NWT is responding to these horrifying numbers by providing shelter services at Alison McAteer House and Sutherland House, and by working with other NWT shelters to create a network of support.
Calling men and boys to join the cause.
The Moose Hide Campaign is a grass roots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys who are standing up against violence towards women and children.
The White Ribbon campaign encourages men to take the “pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls”. White Ribbon is also challenging toxic masculinity and encouraging men to be part of a positive change.
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has been gathering information about violence against Indigenous women and girls through hearings, research, collaboration with Elders and Knowledge Keepers, as well as forensic analysis of police records. 1273 families and survivors have shared their truths and the inquiry has received 340 Artistic Expressions. Final Submissions from Parties with Standing will take place in Calgary (November 26 - 30) and Ottawa (December 10 - 14) before the commissioners write their final report. Follow this link for more information.
GBA+ is an analytical tool used to assess how diverse groups of women, men and gender-diverse people may experience policies, programs and initiatives. It outlines differential impacts on men and women ensuring proposed programs are equitable to all genders and supports implementation of structures that make Gender-Based Analysis a sustainable practice. For information and to take this course, please visit http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/gba-acs/index-en.html. Send us a picture of you with your certificate and we can post it on our website.
Tonight at 7pm is the December 6th Vigil, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife. We hope to see everyone there to remember those women and girls we have lost to violence and to take action on violence against women and girls. Everyone is welcome; click here to learn more.
At the December 6th Vigil, we asked attendees what type of concrete actions can the government, organizations or individuals take to help end violence against women. Here are some of the responses:
To remember, every day, the terrible cost of violence against women that we pay as a society and to always stand up against those who demean, assault, or degrade women and girls.
I will commit to working with my colleagues to enact legislation, regulations, and policies that eliminate domestic violence. I will commit to speaking out and speaking toward a violent free world for all.
Work to heal the wounds of colonization; teach girls and boys to respect all people; talk/intervene when we see violence; and build peaceful communities.
More education on statistical knowledge on violence against Indigenous & non-Indigenous women and girls.
Write a petition/letter demanding all rape kits be free and on hand when requested.
As a man and as an educator, I can use my privilege and position to teach about healthy relationships, the importance of consent, the realities of men's violence against women, challenge toxic masculinity, and do my best to model compassion and empathy.
Amplify the voices of people of colour and those who are at disproportionate risk of victimization through male violence. Educate and gently correct others when they perpetrate violence through words or actions, big or small.
In order to end violence, we must promote peace and healthy self-esteem. One concrete measure would be to organize self-esteem sessions for boys and men and one for girls and women. A further step would be to host co-ed sessions for youth and adults.
Stop being silent
Victim Blaming 101... violating someone is a choice. Here is a video about what is victim blaming! Check out Laci Green at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzwYptfRwTg.
A girl's physical, emotional, and mental well-being is rooted in her self-worth, and we are living in an epidemic of self-doubt. I AM THAT GIRL is an organization helping girls to transform self-doubt in to self-love by providing a safe space to connect and have honest conversations about things that matter. Take the pledge to help inspiring girls to be loved and expressed for who they are at http://www.iamthatgirl.org/.
Today is International Human Rights Day - this day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.
Contact the Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission if you have questions about how to accommodate an employee with a disability or if you need to talk to someone about whether you have experienced discrimination. Call them at 1-888-669-5575, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website to learn more.