In times of crisis, inequality grows and vulnerable communities can be left behind. Isolation measures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic increase the risk of gender-based violence.
The Canadian Women’s Foundation and The Body Shop Canada are teaming up during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (Nov. 25 to Dec. 10) to #ActTogether and encourage people to take action on gender-based violence in Canada.
The 16 Days of Activism is a global campaign that takes place every year between November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and December 10, International Human Rights Day. It also includes December 6, Canada’s Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, which marks the 1989 Montreal Massacre.
Gender-based violence was at a high rate before the pandemic, especially for marginalized women and gender-diverse people. In 2020, there are red flags that it is on the rise, and that those who are victimized are having a harder time reaching out for help.
Even though we can’t be together in person, we can still act together to make a difference.
Take action during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
- Follow the 16 Days calendar and do a digital action every day between November 25 and December 10 to challenge gender-based violence.
- Plan your 16 Days Action Event to help raise awareness and funds to end gender-based violence in Canada. Host a film screening, an online discussion using critical thinking cards, or an event of your choosing! Do it before December 10 and share what you do on social media to inspire others using #ActTogether.
- Tune in to the #ActTogether Launch livestream: join us at 2 p.m. EST on Wed. Nov. 25 on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about gender-based violence in Canada and what we’re doing to end it.
- Sign and share this letter to demand that the government take the next step toward a National Action Plan to end gender-based violence now.
- Join the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s Tireless Readers Collective to understand and challenge gender-based violence.
Support the Out of Violence Fund this Holiday Season
This holiday season is going to be an especially tough one, given the heightened risk of abuse in the pandemic. Give today to ensure services and supports continue to reach those at risk in every province and territory in Canada.