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16 Days of Activism | The Rose Campaign
November 25, 2019 @ 12:00 am - December 10, 2019 @ 12:00 am
16 Days of Activism
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.
For far too long, impunity, silence and stigma have allowed violence against women to escalate to pandemic proportions—one in three women worldwide experience gender-based violence.
The time for change is here and now.
What you can do to Take Action on Violence Against Women:
- Speak up about violence in your community
- Encourage people who commit violence to get help
- Raise children who can resolve conflict without violence
- Make sure your home, workplace and community are safe for women and girls
- Speak out against negative media images of women and girls
- Promote women’s economic and political equality
- Support organizations that work to end violence against women
- Donate your time and support the cause
The Rose Campaign is a national advocacy campaign to end violence against women and girls. The Campaign takes its name from the original Rose button Campaign, created 27 years ago to commemorate 14 young women who were murdered at l’ Ecole Polytechnique, by calling for action on violence against women and promoting strategies to stop violence in our communities.
How can YOU be involved?
We would like to invite all community members to nominate a woman in their life that they feel meets the criteria. (as denoted below)
Throughout the 16 days of activism which will commence on November 25th and end on December 10th, with the help of Superior Media we will present 16 women with a bouquet of 16 roses in honour/memory of all women who have died or endured violence as a result of sexual and/or domestic violence.
The bouquets of roses will be presented to a woman nominated for her strength, her courage, her work and passion towards ending violence against women and/or her dedication to bringing change for future generations.
NOVEMBER 25 | International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
DECEMBER 6 | National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Ontario remembers the 14 female engineering students who were murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989, by an act of gender-based violence. We also commemorate the missing and murdered Aboriginal women, the trans-women and each and every woman in Ontario and across the world whose lives have been harmed or lost to gender-based violence.
The 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal, were killed in a gender-based act of violence. They were:
Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student
Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student
Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student
Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique’s finance department
Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student
Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student
Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student
Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student
In 1991, the Parliament of Canada declared December 6th to be the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.