November 25th to December 10th

You can help put an end to violence against women and girls during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, from November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, International Human Rights Day. CFUW Stratford will be joining our national and international federations in raising awareness during the 16 Days campaign. Follow the posts on our social media accounts: Facebook and Instagram.

Gender-based violence (GBV) comes in many forms and degrees of severity, and affects women around the world. In Canada, GBV disproportionately impacts women, girls, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQI2+ and gender non-binary individuals, people living in northern, rural, and remote communities, people with disabilities, newcomers, children and youth, and seniors.

The 16 Days of Activism campaign was initiated in 1991 by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership. Over 6,000 organizations worldwide are now involved with this international campaign. In addition, UN Women have been contributing to this campaign through its recurring movement “Orange the World”. The “Orange the World” movement aims to brighten women and girls’ futures by eradicating GBV in the workplace, at home and beyond. This year’s theme “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape” aims to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action and portrays rape as a universal issue by exploring the issue of consent and the long-lasting effects of rape in armed conflict.

Follow along on social media for information, inspiration, and advocacy ideas.

“In today’s world, it must be acknowledged how detrimental Gender- Based Violence is to all women and girls worldwide in every aspect of their life, whether it be at work, at home or beyond. We cannot go any longer tolerating the attitudes that lead to this sort of violence. We must call out the perpetrators and support the victims in every necessary way”. ~ Terry Oudraad, President, Graduate Women International