The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence against women is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute. “16 Days,” as it has become known, was launched and continues to be coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.

The dates for the campaign were chosen to link violence against women and human rights and emphasize that gender-based violence against women is a violation of human rights: since 1991, the campaign has been active between November 25, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, and December 10, International Human Rights Day.

This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day; December 1, World AIDS Day; and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.  

At Humber & Guelph-Humber, we recognize that gender-based violence (GBV) can affect everyone; however, some populations experience disproportionate levels of violence, including: women, Indigenous women, LGBT2SQ+ folks, women with disabilities, and racialized women. GBV can be physical, but also includes other efforts or actions to harm another person based on their gender, gender expression, gender identity, or perceived gender.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2020

Events schedule for 16 Days of Activism

We're not letting COVID-19 stop us from engaging in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence this year! For each day of the 16 Days of Activism, we will highlight an action on our Consent Peer Education Program Instagram that members of the Humber & Guelph-Humber community can engage in to address gender-based violence. In addition to these 16 Days of Actions, we will be hosting the following events.

Chill N' Quill (November 26th 11am to 12pm)

Join the Consent Peer Education Program for a conversation about gender-based violence and allyship while trying out calligraphy; participants are also welcome to engage in some other form of artistic practice while tuning into the conversation.

Baking Orange (December 2nd 12pm to 2pm)

Join the Consent Peer Education Program for a conversation about gender-based violence and intimate partner violence while baking cookies with the colour orange to match the 16 Days of Activism 2020 campaign.

Love in the Time of Corona: Activism as Love (December 4th 10:30am to 12pm)

In a year that has exposed and reaffirmed a multitude of ways our societies and systems cause harm, how do we heal? This event will bring together diverse speakers to discuss how activism, as a language of community-care, is an ever-evolving and diverse tool to enact change. This discussion addresses intersectional and nuanced questions around organizing and engaging in activism during a time of forced isolation. How do we use activism as a language of community, connection, and love during COVID-19? Join members of Humber College and Centennial College as we unpack activism, allyship, and finding power within our communities during the global pandemic.

Netflix Party: Easy A (December 4th 4:30pm to 6:30pm)

Join the Consent Peer Education Program for a Netflix Party as we watch Easy A and discuss how gender-based violence is depicted throughout the film.

16 Days of Activism Trivia (December 8th all day long)

Tune in to the Consent Peer Education Program Instagram (@cpepteam) throughout the day for trivia related to 16 Days of Activism and gender-based violence; there will be a prize for the person with the most correct answers by the end of day!

Keynote Speaker & Candlelit Vigil (December 10th 2pm to 3:30pm)

Join the Consent Peer Education Program with our keynote speaker, Dr Silvia D'Addario, followed by a candlelit vigil to honour survivors and victims of gender-based violence. Dr D'Addario will walk us through her own story of gender-based violence, explore the impact of COVID-19 on gender-based violence, and raise considerations for addressing gender-based violence systemically from an intersectional lens!