16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence – Defence Team Champions Message

The Government of Canada and the Defence Team will continue to help work towards the goal of eliminating global gender based violence, in part by marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence from November 25 to December 10. Part of this year’s focus will be on issues related to gender-based violence exacerbated by COVID-19, as well as raising awareness of this important topic in Canada and around the world.

The beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.   

Also taking place during the course of the 16 Days, on December 6, is The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This day commemorates the 14 young women from l'École Polytechnique de Montréal whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the tragedy.  The last of the 16 days will be December 10: International Human Rights Day.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence provides Defence Team members with an opportunity to unite with everyone in Canada and beyond our borders to reflect in this important issue.  It gives us all a chance to think about what each of us can do in our workplaces, communities and in our own lives to eliminate the disproportionate violence faced by women, girls and LGBTQ2 individuals.

We encourage all Defence Team members to become a campaign ally, which you can do by:

The themes discussed during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence align with a number of current Defence initiatives dedicated to creating safer, more respectful workplaces and communities:

Use the hashtag #16Days to join in the conversation on our social media channels and share what you are doing to be part of the solution to end gender-based violence. You can also visit Women and Gender Equality Canada’s web site to learn more.

Rear Admiral Rebecca Patterson

Champion for Women

Commander MGen Aitchison

Co-Champion for Gender and Diversity for Operations

You can also participate by:

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