Equality Matters newsletter: November 2023

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence is around the corner. This issue of Equality Matters from Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) aims to help you get involved in this year’s theme - Listen. Learn. Act.

Read on to find community stories, support services and resources for you to take action and help end gender-based violence (GBV). You'll find features on the “It’s Not Just” youth awareness campaign, crisis hotlines for those experiencing GBV, and an Equality in Action article on Ikayuqtiit, a charity formed by the Manitoba Inuit Association.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence is an international campaign from November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until December 10th, Human Rights Day. It unites people in Canada and around the world to call out and speak up against acts of gender-based violence. This year’s theme—Listen. Learn. Act.—addresses the key steps to tackling GBV by believing survivors, educating ourselves, and taking action in our daily lives.

Looking to get involved? Download the WAGE toolkit for activities and resources to learn about and prevent GBV.

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“It’s Not Just” campaign

“It’s Not Just” is a national youth awareness campaign created to build knowledge and shift beliefs that contribute to gender-based violence. In collaboration with 13 youth-serving organizations, WAGE created several resources to disrupt the cycle of GBV through education. Help spread awareness and make Canada a safer place for everyone.

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Crisis hotlines across Canada

Following 13 historic agreements with provincial and territorial governments, crisis hotlines for those experiencing GBV are now available everywhere in Canada! These resources and services can be critical to supporting the urgent needs of those experiencing GBV and their families.

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Harnessing the power of sewing

Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls often grieve in silence. Ikayuqtiit, a charity formed by the Manitoba Inuit Association, created the Red Amautiit Project to use the sewing circle–a longstanding Inuit cultural practice–to create spaces for healing and hope for these families.

Did you know

Between 2011 and 2021, police reported 1,125 gender-related homicides of women and girls in Canada.

21% of the victims were Indigenous women and girls, despite comprising only 5% of the female population in Canada in 2021.

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