16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence kicks off November 25
Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington and Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, is asking everyone in Oakville North-Burlington to participate in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and pledge to do their part in ending it.
Every year Canadians recognize 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence to reflect on the impact of gender-based violence on individuals, families and communities. This year’s theme, #MYActionsMatter, is a strong reminder that everyone has a role to play in preventing and addressing gender-based violence. MP Damoff joins the United Nations in encouraging residents to wear orange during the 16 days in honour of the Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women and girls.
Everyday sexism and misogyny contribute to violence, with gender-based violence growing out of a culture that devalues women and femininity—through sexist jokes, derogatory language and media messages that objectify women. It remains a significant barrier to gender equality. #MYActionsMatter encourages reflection on how our actions are important for the elimination of gender-based violence.
“Violence continues to affect countless diverse populations, including women and girls, each and every day in our country,” said MP Damoff. “During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, I encourage everyone to take concrete steps to further question, callout, and speak up against acts of gender-based violence. We all have a role to play and together, we can reduce and eliminate incidences of gender-based violence in our communities.”
The Canadian Football League (CFL) established its first violence against women policy in 2015, which applies to everyone who works for the CFL, from players and coaches, to officials, executive and staff. The policy was developed in partnership with the Ending Violence Association of Canada and following consultations with multiple women who are experts in the field of responding to violence against women. The league also testified at the Status of Women Committee about its programs led by players and coaches to teach young men in high schools about healthy masculinity.
Status of Women Canada will be joining the CFL at the Grey Cup this weekend to share the importance of taking action on this issue and ask Canadians to take a pledge to contribute to ending gender-based violence. Those who do not attend the Grey Cup game can take the pledge at www.women.gc.ca and join the conversation online using the hashtag #MYActionsMatter.
“The Grey Cup continues to be Canada’s most watched sporting event, with over 4.3 million Canadians watching last year,” said MP Damoff. “I hope that this many Canadians and more will sign the pledge to end gender-based violence which continues to have devastating impacts on individuals, families and communities. By helping to ensure that survivors and others affected by violence are heard and supported, we can all contribute to a safer and more inclusive Canada. I am encouraging everyone in our community to visit the website and take the pledge to work together to end gender-based violence.”
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence start on November 25 with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and run until December 10, with International Human Rights Day. They also include the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, which marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal just because they were women.
Canadians can share the ways in which we can all be part of the solution to end gender-based violence on social media using the hashtag #MYActionsMatter.
- Statistics show that women and girls continue to be more at risk than men and boys of experiencing many forms of violence. For example, women have a 20% higher risk of being victimized than men.
- An estimated 1 in 3 women will experience some form of sexual violence in her lifetime.
- Intimate partner violence and sexual assault costs the federal government more than $12 billion a year.
- In June 2017, the Minister of Status of Women announced It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. The Strategy is based on three pillars: prevention; support for survivors and their families; and promotion of responsive legal and justice systems.