16 Days of Activism

“The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.”

-UN Women

16 Days Campaign 2022

Check out the Amelia Rising social media platforms every day from November 25th to December 10th to see what you can do to engage in the 16 Days of Activism Campaign. We will be sharing books, movies, podcasts, articles, and other educational materials from some of our favourite creators who are speaking out against gender-based violence.

Our team has also partnered up with Nipissing University and the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre to host a vigil on December 6th, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Details for all events can be found in our Press Release: 16DaysofActivismARPressRelease

December 6th: The National Day Of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

The Polytechnique Montréal Massacre, a violent act of gender based violence occurred on December 6th, 1989. On this day every year we remember:

  • Geneviève Bergeron
  • Hélène Colgan
  • Nathalie Croteau
  • Barbara Daigneault
  • Anne-Marie Edward
  • Maud Haviernick
  • Maryse Laganière
  • Maryse Leclair
  • Anne-Marie Lemay
  • Sonia Pelletier
  • Michèle Richard
  • Annie St-Arneault
  • Annie Turcotte
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

“As we mourn their loss and remember their lives , we reaffirm our commitment to fight the hatred that led to this tragedy, and the misogyny that still exists today. In Canada and around the world, women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+ (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, plus) and gender diverse individuals face unacceptable violence and discrimination. The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is about remembering those who have experienced gender-based violence and those who we have lost to it. It is also a time to take action. Achieving a Canada free from gender-based violence requires everyone living in this country to educate themselves and their families and communities on gender-based violence, centre the voices of survivors in our actions and speak up against harmful behaviours.”

-Government of Canada