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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

From Wednesday, November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to Thursday, December 10 (Human Rights Day) the Durham College and Ontario Tech University communities are invited to participate in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

“Gender-based violence (GBV) involves the use and abuse of power and control over another person and is perpetrated against someone based on their gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender. Violence against women and girls is one form of gender-based violence. It also has a disproportionate impact on LGBTQ2 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and two-spirit) and gender non-conforming people.”
(Status of Women Canada, 2018)

“While violence affects all people, some people are more at risk of experiencing violence because of various forms of oppression, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and ableism… GBV is not limited to physical violence and can include any word, action, or attempt to degrade, control, humiliate, intimidate, coerce, deprive, threaten, or harm another person.”
(Government of Canada, 2020)

The campaign will be held on social media with opportunities to join the conversation. Follow along on Instagram with @yesmeansyesatdc and @otstudentlife for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence content. Checkout the 16 Days of Activism website for a full schedule of topics and to register for events.

During the coming weeks, we encourage you to think about how you have been touched by gender-based violence whether directly or indirectly, and how we can all contribute to a better tomorrow.