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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

From Thursday, November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to Friday, 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 2021 campaign 16 to 365: Awareness to Action, continues to build momentum in bringing an end to all forms of gender-based violence. While we continue to promote educational awareness on the impact of gender-based violence on communities and in particular marginalized communities. We are also called to action in continuing our collective work in challenging discriminatory attitudes that perpetuate, rationalise and normalise gender-based violence. In the coming weeks, we will be hosting virtual sessions to engage the community in important discussions which focus on what practical steps and actions we can take in addressing this issue to create an inclusive environment for all in our respective communities.

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. You are invited to share your contribution to end gender-based violence on Padlet. 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.

Submit your contribution on Padlet

For further learning about gender-based violence, browse the virtual collection of resources created by the Library.


  • 16 to 365: Awareness to Action

    November 25 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline workers have continued to provide support to clients and communities, many of whom have been thrown into crisis. Emerging data and reports from those on the front lines highlight the significant increase in gender-based violence which continue to strain health services, essential services and frontline workers. While working to support communities on the margins, many of those on the front line emphasise the impact of these changes on their mental health and ability to work effectively with marginalized communities impacted by gender-based violence.  This session explores the signs of burnout, stress and compassion fatigue as well as exploring ways to strengthen resilience and self-compassion tools and strategies while supporting our communities.

    Register on Eventbrite

  • Anti-Blackness in Gender Justice Movements

    December 6 from noon to 1:15 p.m.

    This webinar will look at the colonial roots of gender-based violence within Black communities and take a Black intersectional feminist approach to discussing survivor believability and service provision within post-secondary environments. This session will introduce and deepen participants understanding of concepts of misogynoir, texturism, colourism, disability justice and anti-2sLGBTQQIA violence and its impact on Black communities. Participants will explore their role and responsibilities in promoting environments that address the intersections of anti-Black racism and gender-based violence.

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  • National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

    Virtual Memorial on December 6 from noon to 12:30 p.m.

    Ontario Tech University's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science invites the campus and local community to a virtual live viewing of the memorial ceremony for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This ceremony will remember and honour the 14 women who were lost in an act of gender-based violence at École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989. Students, professors and community members will share their experiences and reflect on how we can move forward to create a world without violence against women.

    The ceremony will include a candle lighting, reading of the victims' names and a moment of silence.

    Live stream of Virtual memorial ceremony