By Bianca Caputo, WomanACT Social Media Team
November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, marked the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. This is a time to reflect and take action on violence against women. This years theme was #MYActionsMatter and asked the question: What will you do? This call to action asked Canadians to listen, believe, speak out, intervene, and act against gender-based violence (GBV). Let's take a look at a few of the campaigns that were launched in the Toronto community.
During the 16 Days of Activism, YWCA Canada launched their annual #NOTokay campaign calling on all Canadians to become part of the solution to end GBV. YWCA is the largest national provider of shelter to women and girls and wants us all to take a stand and say that violence against women, youth and non-binary youth is #NOTokay. Everybody, everyday - say it's not okay.
For more information on their campaign, visit the #NOTokay website and see how you can help end GBV in Canada.
Another event that occurred during the 16 Days of Activism was the #AfterMeToo case study roundtables. On December 4th and 5th, roundtable discussions examined sexual misconduct from multifaceted viewpoints that were then presented and during a Town Hall meeting. Findings from the event will be released in a report to the public which will also include recommendations to improve legislation and policy. The entertainment industry and sexual misconduct in the workplace were at the base of #AfterMeToo's roundtable discussions.
Visit their website for more details and stay tuned for the final report.