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.
Today marks the launch of the 16 Days of Activism. 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.
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 7th 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. To learn more about Giving Tuesday Click here.
What is the bystander effect? Learn more here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy6eUTLzcU4. If you would like to learn ways to change the bystander effect, particularly when you witness family violence, go here http://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/en/services/what-will-it-take to learn about “What Will It Take?”
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.
Family violence takes a terrible toll on women in the Northwest Territories. The rate of spousal assault here 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, working with other NWT shelters to create a network of support, taking an active role in the NWT Coalition Against Family Violence and lobbying for a national plan on violence against women. For more information go to http://www.ywcanwt.ca/family-violence.
Missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) is an issue affecting indigenous people in Canada and the United States, including the First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Native American communities. It has been described as a Canadian National crisis. Canadian indigenous women are disproportionately affected by all forms of violence, and are significantly over-represented among female Canadian homicide victims. For more information go to http://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/.
Here are two movements specifically for men and boys to take action on violence against women. The Moose Hide Campaign is a grass roots movement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men who are standing up against violence towards women and children. For more information and how to take the pledge please visit their website at https://moosehidecampaign.ca/. The second movement is The White Ribbon Campaign. It is a global movement of men and boys working to end male violence against women and girls. Check out their website at https://www.whiteribbon.ca/
Test your knowledge on gender based violence by taking this short quiz! http://www.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/multimedia/2015/11/quiz-violence-against-women.
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/.
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 we have lost and to take action on violence against women and girls.
At the December 6th Vigil, individuals were asked what type of actions they will take to help end violence against women. These are some of the responses from last year’s Vigil:
- I will always support the victim.
- I will challenge sexism and stereotypes.
- I will teach my children about respect and model non-violent behaviours.
- I will continue to speak publicly in my role as MLA about violence against women and advocate for healing.
- I will teach my daughter her worth in this world and that no one can take that from her.
We will be posting the responses from this year on our website soon.
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: email@example.com, or visit their website to learn more.