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How will you take action during the #16DaysofActivism? Photo Deadline Extended!

We’re asking employees and students to share a photo with a commitment statement as part of the #OurActionsMatter campaign for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual global campaign that kicks off on the 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on the 10th of December, Human Rights Day. The 16 days serve as a call to action for everyone to speak up and renew our commitment to ending gender-based violence. During this period, we also observe the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada, remembering the women who were murdered during the École Polytechnique Montréal Massacre on December 6, 1989. To show support, you can pick up a purple ribbon or a button in F114, Fennell Campus.

We’ll put all of the photos and statements together into a video and share them on December 16, 2022.

Please provide a jpeg. photo file to equityandinclusion@mohawkcollege.ca by Tuesday, December 12, 2022 (Photo deadline extended).

What else can you do?

  • Wear a purple ribbon throughout to raise awareness about gender-based violence. You can pick up a free purple ribbon or button from F114, Fennell Campus.
  • Use one of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence ZOOM backgrounds below during your virtual meetings.
  • Attend an event or training to learn more about gender-based violence, its impacts, ways to intervene, and how to support someone who has experienced gender-based violence. See below for a list of education opportunities.
  • Test your knowledge by participating in the 16 Days Awareness quiz. Share some facts with your colleagues.
  • Help create gift bags for survivors (adults and children) living in emergency shelters. Kindly see attached list of things you can donate. You can drop off your items at F114, Fennell Campus.

Training and Workshops

Additional Opportunities

   You can participate in any of these free seminars and workshops:

1.     Network of Neighbours Violence Intervention Training- hosted by The Feminist Shift

Throughout the training, participants will review all 5 intervention types and the moments they will be utilized when witnessing violence and supporting someone experiencing it.

Multiple dates to choose from:

Friday, December 9, 6:00-8:00 pm

Tuesday, December 13, 6:00-8:00 pm

Click here to Register external link

2.     Living with Coercive Control: Youth Perspectives- The Learning Network

Presented by: Lauren Irvine, Selena Lai, and Izzy Lebrun

Date and Time: Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 1:00 to 2:30 pm Eastern Time (ET)

In this Webinar, you will hear the voices of three youth advocates as they describe their experiences with coercive control and abuse, and their subsequent experiences in the justice and service provision systems.  Panelists will offer recommendations for how service providers and the justice system can better support youth, respect their rights, and acknowledge them as whole persons.

Click here to register, external link

3.     We CAN Break Free: What it Takes to Challenge Gender-Based Violence- Hosted by Rotman, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE), Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanACT) and Women’s Legal and Education Action Fund (LEAF)

Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

This panel discussion will look at what survivors of gender-based violence need, why gender-based violence is a workplace issue, what consent is, how high-risk groups, such as immigrants, Black, Indigenous, and racialized women, experience gender-based violence differently, and why the impact of gender-based violence last even after survivors leave abusive relationships.

Click here to register, external link

Additional reading resources

1.    Misogyny in Sports

Listen to one of the following podcasts:

Burn It All Down Podcast: Interview: Jennifer Doyle on the Structures of Sexual Assault in Sport, external link

Burn It All Down: Episode 66, external link, a discussion of #UsToo and the importance of men in the fight against toxic and violent misogyny.

2.    Gender-Based Violence against Black Women

Violence Against Black Women – Many Types, Far-reaching Effects - IWPR, external link

End the war on black trans, queer, gender non-conforming and intersex people - external link

3.    Working with Marginalized Survivors - https://safehousingpartnerships.org/key-approaches/survivor-centered-services/working-with-underserved

4.      Preventing GBSV via law enforcement - https://vawnet.org/sc/identifying-and-preventing-gender-and-intersectional-bias-law-enforcement-responses-domestic-3

5.  Rape culture pyramid - https://www.11thprincipleconsent.org/consent-propaganda/rape-culture-pyramid/

6.  False Reporting Myths - https://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/Publications_NSVRC_Overview_False-Reporting.pdf

7.  Consent Tea Video - http://www.consentiseverything.com

8.  Responding to Disclosure

Trauma Responses - https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/survivor-reactions-to-traumatic-events

Responding to Disclosures on Campus - http://respondingtodisclosuresoncampus.com

9.  The 5 D’s of Bystander Intervention - https://righttobe.org/guides/bystander-intervention-training/

Together, we will #EndGBV!