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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

From Monday, November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to Tuesday, December 10 (Human Rights Day) the Durham College community is invited to participate in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, this year in collaboration with Ontario Tech University.

“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)

Our 2019 campaign, which strives to educate, support and challenge our campus community will feature a variety of free events, film screenings, discussions and opportunities to join the conversation on social media.

During the coming weeks, we encourage you to think about how you have been touched by gender-based violence whether directly or indirectly.

Schedule of Events

Day 1 – November 25

Kick-off!

Help us kick-off the 16 Days of Activism! There will be games, prizes, and the opportunity to learn more about gender-based violence in our community.

Kick-off locations and times:

Whitby campus
Student Lounge
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Oshawa campus
The PIT
1 p.m. to 3.p.m.

UB Atrium and 61 Charles St. Lobby
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Day 2 – November 26

Let’s Talk About Gender-Based Violence.

Join Durham Rape Crisis Centre’s Lynn Cohen for a discussion about the damaging frequency of sexual violence in our community and what community agencies are doing to combat it.

G213

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Day 3 – November 27

Show your PRIDE!

Join us in the Student Centre Lounge (located beside E-Sports arena) for a panel discussion hosted by DC Pride, as they discuss experiences as LGBTQ+ individuals in Durham Region and answer student questions.

Student Centre Lounge
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ontario Tech Pride Club Booth

Join Ontario Tech as they spread awareness about gender-based violence in the LGBTQ2S+ Community.

UA Atrium
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Day 4 – November 28

Break the Silence, Stop the Violence

Come and share your thoughts about violence against women in the form of a community art project, hosted by the Women’s Group of Durham Region. Snacks and art supplies will be provided.

The PIT
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ontario Tech #Next150 Campaign Tabling

UA Atrium
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Day 5 – November 29

Restorative Circle on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

It is suspected that anywhere between 1000 and 4000 indigenous women have gone missing or have been murdered in Canada since 1970. Participate in this restorative circle to educate yourself on this national crisis and to identify how you can make a difference.

First Peoples Indigenous Centre
CFCE141
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Film Screening and Panel Discussion about “the Hunting Ground”

Join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary, ‘The Hunting Ground’, which aims to educate communities about sexual assault on college and university campuses. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Dinner provided.

UA 1350
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Day 6 – November 30

Join the Conversation on Social Media!

Use #YourActionsMatterDC to let us know about small changes you can make in your everyday life to combat gender-based violence.

Day 7 – December 1

Join the Conversation on Social Media!

Use #YourActionsMatterDC to let us know about small changes you can make in your everyday life to combat gender-based violence.

Day 8 – December 2

PRIDE International

Listen to DC students as they discuss their experience as an LGBTQ+ couple in both India and Canada. Refreshments provided.

Global Classroom
CFCE 145
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Ontario Tech Pride Club Event

Join us to learn about and share services, supports, referrals and resources.

Ontario Tech
ERC 1096
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Day 9 – December 3

The Facts about Human Trafficking

Did you know that Human Trafficking is happening in our community? Join us as we learn about human trafficking and what we can do to recognize and prevent it

G213
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Day 10 – December 4

Draw the Line

Join us for a 3 hr interactive session as we tackle topics such as consent, trans education, bystander intervention and so much more! Participants will walk away with a better understanding of LGBTQ+ issues and have improved skills for tackling intolerance in our community. Lunch is provided.

G213
11 a. m. to 2 p.m.

Restorative Circle on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women at the Whitby campus

It is suspected that anywhere between 1000 and 4000 indigenous women have gone missing or have been murdered in Canada since 1970. Participate in this restorative circle to educate yourself on this national crisis and to identify how you can make a difference.

Whitby campus
Rm 123
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Day 11 – December 5

On and Off-Campus Community Resource Fair

Come meet your local agencies that are dedicated to assisting those who have been affected by gender-based violence and learn about what they do!

The PIT
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Day 12 – December 6

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

In recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, we will be handing out roses today in remembrance for all women who have been murdered or gone missing as a result of gender-based violence. Our goal is to spread the word that violence against women needs to end and will not be tolerated.

The PIT
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

UB Atrium
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Day 13 – December 7

Join the Conversation on Social Media!

Use #YourActionsMatterDC to let us know about small changes you can make in your everyday life to combat gender-based violence.

Day 14 – December 8

Join the Conversation on Social Media!

Use #YourActionsMatterDC to let us know about small changes you can make in your everyday life to combat gender-based violence.

Day 15 – December 9

The Politics of Gender

Join us for a discussion about the politics of gender as we cover topics such as social justice and women, the difference between equality and equity, the connections and challenges between gender and power, and much more.

G213
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Day 16 – December 10

CALL TO ACTION!

It might be the final day of the campaign but the conversation has only started! Join the pledge to continue the fight to eliminate gender-based violence.

PIT
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

UB Atrium and 61 Charles St. Lobby
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.