International Equal Pay Day celebrated for the first time in 2020.

On December 2019 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to name September 18 as International Equal Pay Day.

BPW develops the business, professional and leadership potential of women on all levels through advocacy, education, mentoring, networking, skill-building, and economic empowerment programs and projects across Canada and around the world.

The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women stands strong against racism and sexism. We will continue to speak out for a just society and unite with all Canadians that share these ideals.

BPW Canada is committed to doing the work to be an ally and to amplify voices of those who need to be heard.

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Who We Are

BPW Canada

The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW Canada) is a non-sectarian, non-profit, and non-partisan organization that works to improve the economic, political, social and employment conditions of working women.

BPW Canada is a Founding Federation of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International). BPW International has Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

BPW Membership

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Clubs provide a “training ground” for developing leadership skills in a safe and supportive environment, allowing members to build networks and create lasting and supportive friendships at all levels of BPW. Members participate in a range of activities that lead to personal and professional development and career advancement.

A member of a local club is automatically a member of the district, provincial, national and international organizations. She is entitled to attend all BPW events.


BPW Canada

BPW Canada is recognized for its many projects, from the Women's Empowerment Principles to Equal Pay awareness campaigns and annual submissions of Briefs to the Government including the need to declare a National Equal Pay Day, the fight against human trafficking and being a voice for the Indigenous people.

Briefs result from Resolutions, developed mainly by local clubs, and passed at a National AGM/Convention that contain directives to urge the federal government and/or as appropriate specific ministries to take some sort of action.

Business and Professional Women - BPW Canada

Women in Business Gender Equality Human Trafficking Violence Against Women Women/Girls' Health Girls/Teens Professional Development General UN and BPWI Partners & Initiatives Government COVID-19 Resources Commemorative Dates

  • The websites listed on this page are sites containing resources that pertain to BPW's mandate.
  • The websites have been categorized to best suit the description provided by the website.
  • Most of the websites are Canadian National sites with the exception of the United Nations and BPW International sites.

Download List of the Websites

The downloadable list of the websites is available in both a category sort and alpha sort. The listing includes a short description of the websites and includes websites that are not listed below on this webpage. The listing is updated periodically. The month/year of the update is in the footer of the listing.

BPW Canada's Communications Committee attempts to monitor when an organization name changes or there is a change in the web address but we may miss a few, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know of any issues.

Women in Business

 athena     BPW Canada      canada chamber     Canadian Federation of Independent Business CFIB
Athena International     Canadian Small Business Women     Canadian Women's Chamber of Commerce     Canadian Federation of Independent Business
 global compact canada     kiva     rozenweig     women in pr
Global Compact Network Canada     Kiva     Rosenzweig and Company Annual Report     The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations
women of influence     wbe canada     cawee     cwif
Women of Influence     Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada)     Canadian Association of Women Executives & Entrepreneurs     Canadian Women in Food

Gender Equality

Canadian Association for Equality     caaws     for us girls     Law Needs Feminism Because
 CAFE (Equality Canada)     Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS)     ForUsGirls Foundation      law needs feminism because
MenEngage Alliance     ywca     women on screen     leaf
MenEngage Alliance     YWCA Canada     Women On Screen     Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)
equal voice     CCEW     IWD     wi canada
Equal Voice     CCEW (Canadian Coalition to Empower Women)     International Women's Day     Federated Women's Institutes of Canada(Women's Institutes Canada - WI Canada)
nawl     wcm     women in mining     women in music canada
National Association of Women and the Law     Women in Capital Markets     Women in Mining Canada (WIMC)     Women in Music Canada

Human Trafficking   

canadian human trafficking     daughter project     not in my city     voice found
Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking     Daughter Project Canada     #NotInMyCity     Voice Found
timea     joy smith     canadian human trafficking hotline     farmtown cff
Timea's Cause     Joy Smith Foundation     Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline    

Farmtown Canada/Courage For Freedom

Violence Against Women   

 CFOJA     sheltersafe     Womens Shelters Canada     womenatthecentre
Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability     ShelterSafe     Women's Shelter Canada     WomenatheCentrE
cdhpi     cnpea     ccr     up with women
Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative     Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse     Canadian Council for Refugees - Violence Against Newcomer Women     Up With Women

Women/Girls' Health

action canada     CAM ACSF     here for her     knowledge Hub
Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights     Canadian Association of Midwives     Here For Her     Knowledge Hub
whd     cfwh     NACM     canwach
Women's Health Division (WHD)     Canadian Foundation for Women's Health     National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM)     Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH)


a mighty girl     crfc     days for girls     plan international canada
A Mighty Girl     Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children     Days For Girls     Plan Canada 
prevnet     Internet Sense First     builid a dream     besafe
PREVNet     Internet Sense First     Build a Dream     Be Safe App

Professional Development/Leadership   

YWL     WIL     womens trucking     wct
Young Women in Law     Women in Leadership Foundation (WIL)     Women's Trucking Federation of Canada     Women in Communications and Technology (WCT)
cawic     WIA Canada     WiRE     scwist
Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC)     Women in Aerospace Canada (WIA-Canada)     Women in Renewable Energy     The Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST)

General Sites for Women

CFUW     ncwc     Pauktuutit     feminist current 
Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW)     National Council of Women (NCWC)     Pauktuutit - Inuit Women in Canada     Feminist Current
famous 5     canadian womens foundation     rise up     nwac
Famous 5 Foundation     Canadian Women's Foundation     Rise Up!     Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC)

United Nations and BPW International Partners & Initiatives

The root of BPW’s advocacy is embedded in the work with the United Nations. BPW lobbied for the formation of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and supported many women’s issues. Below are some websites related to BPW and the United Nations as well as BPW International Partners & Initiatives.

BPW International has representation at UN Headquarters in New York, Vienna, Geneva; UN regional offices (UNECA, UNECE, UNESCAP, UNESCWA, UNECLAC); UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO, WHO, UNCTAD, UNIDO, FAO, UN Global Communications (formerly DPI); Council of Europe; European Women’s Lobby and continues to work closely with UN Women.

Status: BPW has Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1947 and with the Council of Europe since 1977. Also is a member of Civil Society of Organization of American States (OAS) since 2009.

Partnerships: UN Women, UN Global Compact, International Trade Centre and Global Summit of Women.

Coalition: Conferences of Non-Government Organizations (CoNGO) and Project Five-O.

Sources: About BPW International and BPW-UN Representatives

weps         global compact      global summit women     international trade centre
Women's Empowerment Principles          United Nations Global Compact       Global Summit of Women      International Trade Centre     
ngo csw         ecosoc     shetrades     sdgs
NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY         United Nations Economic and Social Council     SheTrades     SDG's  
unwomen         HeForShe     empower women     ngowg
UN Women         He For She     Empower Women     NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security   
OAS         women for water     Project Five O     ngo congo
 Organization of American States (OAS)          Women for Water Partnership     Project Five-O     CoNGO  

Canadian Government Sites

Human Trafficking Day International Women's Day BPWC's Equal Pay Day National Volunteer Week Equal Pay Day World Day Against Child Labour World Day Against Trafficking BPW Day Int'l Equal Pay Day Gender Equality Week Women's History Month #MMIWG | #SISVigils Day of the Girl Child Persons Day #16Days/#OrangeTheWorld December 6 Human Rights Day BPW Events

Below is a list of some of the national and international commemorative dates relevant to BPW's mandate.

Annual Updates

Refer to the source website(s) below and in the downloadable list for an annual update on theme, hashtags and graphics. Many agencies/organizations provide sample social media posts and graphics that BPW Canada clubs and provinces can utilize.

Downloadable Date List

Click here to view and download a more extensive list of dates that includes website resources and brief descriptions.

Awareness Day Media Packages

Available to BPW Canada clubs, login required.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day - February 22 | #KnowHumanTrafficking


On February 22, 2007, the Canadian House of Commons passed a motion condemning the trafficking of women and children across international borders for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

The House of Commons proclaimed February 22 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day to help bring awareness to the magnitude of modern-day slavery in Canada and abroad and encourage Canadians to take steps to combat human trafficking. 

Human Trafficking is a BPW Canada Priority Issue. Learn More.

International Women's Day - March 8 | #IWD


"International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8. The day has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911. The day is not country, group or organization specific - and belongs to all groups collectively a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day...". ~ Source

Themes: UN Women IWD Canada

2020's IWD UN Women Theme is I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights

generation equality

"The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Adopted in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, the Beijing Platform for Action is recognized as the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere.

The year 2020 is a pivotal year for advancing gender equality worldwide, as the global community takes stock of progress made for women’s rights since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action. It will also mark several other galvanizing moments in the gender equality movement: a five-year milestone towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security; and the 10th anniversary of UN Women’s establishment.

The emerging global consensus is that despite some progress, real change has been agonizingly slow for the majority of women and girls in the world. Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality..." ~ Source

2020's International Women's Day Theme: #EachforEqual


"An equal world is an enabled world.
Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.
We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.
Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.
Let's all be #EachforEqual." ~ Source

2019's IWD theme: #BalanceForBetter.  

2018's #IWD theme: #PressForProgress. 

International Women's Day in Canada

Govt Canada IWD2020"Empowering women and girls to equally participate in economic, social and political life benefits people of all genders. It increases economic prosperity, promotes peace and security, upholds fairness and justice in our society, and ultimately creates happier and healthier communities.

This International Women’s Day we are shining a light on grassroots efforts to advance gender equality in communities across the country and honouring Canadians who are finding powerful ways, both big and small, to drive positive change right at the source.

Join us in celebrating this year’s theme #BecauseOfYou, which pays tribute to the diverse and inspirational gender equality change-makers we know in our own lives." ~ Source

There are 9 Social Media Shareables available featuring each campaign trailblazer: athlete Christine Sinclair, LGen Chris Whitecross, Diversity Advocate Kathryn Foss, Businesswoman Ann Devine, UN High-Level Commissioner Dr. Alaa Murabit, Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Donna Strickland, Moosehide Campaign Co-Founder Raven Lacerte, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor Dr. Mona Nemer, and Senator Chantal Petitclerc.

2019 IWD theme: #InnovateForChange

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BPW Canada's Equal Pay Day - March 18 | #EqualPayDay


What is Equal Pay Day? Equal Pay Day illustrates how far into the next year a woman, on average, must work to earn the same amount a man made in the previous year. BPW Canada's membership approved a resolution to declare March 18th as Equal Pay Day in Canada. 

Motion 70, placed on Notice since September 28, 2016, to declare March 18th as Equal Pay Day, Text of the Motion:

"That, in the opinion of the House, the government should designate March 18 of each year Equal Pay Day." Latest Activity: Placed on Notice (2016.09.28).

As of 2019, the Government of Canada has designated April 9 as Canada's Equal Pay Day.

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National Volunteer Week - April | #NVW

BPW Canada

"National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers...When we look at the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that Canada and others committed to achieving by 2030, there is not a single goal that does not involve volunteers. Whether working to eliminate hunger, promoting quality education or reducing inequalities." ~ Source 

List of upcoming NVW's.

Canada's Equal Pay Day - April 9 | #EqualPayDay

2019's Government's Statement

Equal Pay Day Statement from Employment and Social Development Canada April 9, 2019: Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Statement: “On Equal Pay Day, it is important to note how far Canadian women have come in the last 40 years. Greater participation of women in the workforce has accounted for about one-third of Canada’s economic growth. Advancing gender equality is not just good for women, it is good for all here to read the entire statement.

World Day Against Child Labour - June 12

BPW Canada

2020: COVID-19: Protect children from child labour, now more than ever! In 2020, the World Day will be conducted as a virtual campaign and is being organized jointly with the Global March Against Child Labour and the International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture (IPCCLA).

The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them. ~ Source

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons - July 30 | #EndHumanTrafficking

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2020

In 2020, the "focus on the first responders to human trafficking. These are the people who work in different sectors - identifying, supporting, counselling and seeking justice for victims of trafficking, and challenging the impunity of the traffickers.

During the COVID-19 crisis, the essential role of first responders has become even more important, particularly as the restrictions imposed by the pandemic have made their work even more difficult. Still, their contribution is often overlooked and unrecognized." ~ Source

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

"...Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims...Data also shows that trafficking happens all around us as the share of persons trafficked within their own country has doubled in recent years to 58 per cent of all detected victims...

In 2010, the General Assembly adopted the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, urging Governments worldwide to take coordinated and consistent measures to defeat this scourge. The Plan calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the UN’s broader programmes in order to boost development and strengthen security worldwide. One of the crucial provisions in the Plan is the establishment of a UN Voluntary Trust Fund for victims of trafficking, especially women and children...

In 2013, the General Assembly held a high-level meeting to appraise the Global Plan of Action. Member States also adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons...

In September 2015, the world adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and embraced goals and targets on trafficking in persons. These goals call for an end to trafficking and violence against children; as well as the need for measures against human trafficking, and they strive for the elimination of all forms of violence against and exploitation of women and girls." ~ Source

BPW Day - August 26 | #BPWDay


The International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW or BPW International) was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, on August 26, 1930. Each August 26th BPW members worldwide celebrate BPW, by wearing yellow, sharing photos on social media with hashtags #BPWDay and #BPWPride. Look for BPW Canada #BPWDay photos @canadabpw. BPW is worldwide networks!

International Equal Pay Day - September 18

international equal pay day

On December 2019 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to name September 18 as International Equal Pay Day.

First International Equal Pay will take place on September 18, 2020.

"International Equal Pay Day, celebrated for the first time this 18 September, represents the longstanding efforts towards the achievement of equal pay for work of equal value. It further builds on the United Nations commitment to human rights and against all forms of discrimination, including discrimination against women and girls." ~ Source

Canada's Gender Equality Week - Fourth Week in September | #BecauseOfYou

gender equality week

"September 20 to 26, 2020 marks Gender Equality Week, an opportunity to raise awareness of the important contributions women and gender diverse communities have made to the growth, development, character and identity of Canada; to celebrate the significant achievements and accomplishments that we have made in advancing gender equality; and to reconfirm our commitment to address persistent gender equality gaps in our country...This year’s theme, #BecauseOfYou, celebrates the many trailblazers, activists and advocates who are working to advance gender equality in their communities." ~ Source

Learn More...

Women's History Month - October | #MakeAnImpact

BPW Canada

"October is Women’s History Month in Canada, a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women and girls across the country and throughout our history.

This 2019 theme is still #MakeAnImpact, in honour of the women and girls who’ve made a lasting impact as pioneers in their field. Whether as business leaders, politicians, researchers, artists or activists, these women of impact have helped shape Canada into a thriving, diverse and prosperous country through their achievements and desire to make a difference.

As part of the celebrations, we launched Women of Impact in Canada, an online gallery that celebrates the achievements of more than 100 women and girls through photos and biographies that capture some of their many successes." ~ Source

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)/Sisters in Spirit Vigils - October 4 | #MMIWG | #SIS

nwac oct4

"Each October 4, a vigil is organized to honour the memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Family members, community members and concerned citizens gather to raise awareness and provide support to those who have lost a loved one.."

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International Day of the Girl Child - October 11 | #DayOfTheGirl


"On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights." ~ Source

Learn more...

Persons Day - October 18 | #PersonsDay

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October 18th "marks the day in 1929 when the historic decision to include women in the legal definition of “persons” was handed down by Canada’s highest court of appeal. This gave women the right to be appointed to the Senate of Canada and paved the way for women's increased participation in public and political life...In 1927, five women – who have since become known as the Famous Five – launched a legal challenge that would mark a turning point for equality rights in Canada. Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Henrietta Muir Edwards were journalists, politicians, reformers and activists from Alberta who asked the Supreme Court of Canada to answer the following question: does the word “person” in Section 24 of the BNA Act include female persons? After five weeks of debate, the Supreme Court decided that the word “person” did not include women...

On October 18, 1929, Lord Sankey, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain, announced the decision:

'The exclusion of women from all public offices is a relic of days more barbarous than ours. And to those who would ask why the word ‘person’ should include females, the obvious answer is, why should it not?'

With this milestone victory, the Famous Five not only won the right for women to serve in the Senate, but also helped pave the way for women to participate equally in all aspects of life in Canada." ~ Source

Honour the Famous Five with a Pink Tea.  How to Host Your Pink Tea, developed by the Famous 5 Foundation.

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International: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence: November 25 to December 6 | #16Days/#OrangeTheWorld



Countries around the world have awareness campaigns for #16days: begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 and end on International Human Rights Day on December 10. These campaigns are inspired by the UN Women's #OrangeTheWorld campaign. Canada's 2019 theme for the 16 Days is #OurActionsMatter.

In 2019 the UNiTE campaign's theme is Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape. Read 2019's concept note.

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December 6: Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women | #december6

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They died because they were women...Learn More...

December 10: Human Rights Day | #StandUp4HumanRights



"Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world." ~ Source

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More than a Bed  #16Days/#OrangeTheWorld December 6 - National Day  Fact Sheets

More Than a Bed: A National Profile of VAW Shelters and Transition Homes

May 1, 2019 - Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) Press Release: "New National Report Finds that Violence Against Women Shelters Are Doing More with Less".

Press release excerpt: "In Canada, a woman is killed every 2.5 days, with over half killed by a current or former intimate partner. VAW shelters provide lifesaving services to women and children fleeing violence. Recent numbers from Statistics Canada showed that over 68,000 women and children had stayed in VAW shelters in 2017-2018. However, WSC’s report found that four in ten shelters reported being at capacity “almost always.” Capacity challenges are compounded by the lack of safe, affordable, and appropriate housing for women and their children across the country, in urban and rural communities alike." Read the entire press release...

More Than a Bed

The Report: More Than a Bed: A National Profile of VAW Shelters and Transition Houses” was released on May 1, 2019, and provides information on 290 VAW shelters’ physical buildings; shelter size; length of stay and capacity; the various groups served and the acces­sibility of shelters for different survivors; service delivery and programming; labour, salaries, and types of work conducted; and funding, finances, and reporting. Where relevant, the report presents a cross-section of data at the regional and population size levels to illustrate differences across the country, as well as between larger and smaller communities.

The data clearly show that VAW shelters/THs are providing expanding services to a diverse group of women and children without comparable funding increases. ~ Source

Read the Report...

#16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence/#OrangeTheWorld - November 25 to December 10


2019 Generation Equality

Violence Against Women is a worldwide problem. Millions of women and girls are affected by violence of some form every day.  The issues, solutions and ways to make a difference according to UN Women have been summarized here.

"The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that takes place each year. It commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was originated by activists at the inaugural Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women's Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

In support of this civil society initiative, under the leadership of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE Campaign), calls for global action to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts and share knowledge and innovations." ~ Source

2019's #16Days International Theme

"...under the umbrella of UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign that marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the UNiTE Campaign is calling on people from all walks of life to learn more and take a stand against the pervasive rape culture that surrounds us." ~ Source

2019's #16Days in Canada Theme

Canada's annual #16Days is inspired by the UN Women's #OrangeTheWorld campaign. In 2019 Canada's theme is #OurActionsMatter.

Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, December 6, included in the #16Days. 

"The 16 Days are an opportunity to unite with partners around the world and reflect on what we can each do in our own communities and in our own lives to eliminate the disproportionate violence faced by women, girls and LGBTQ2 individuals...We all have a role to play in preventing and addressing gender-based violence, which is why this year's 16 Days theme is #OurActionsMatter. Between November 25 and December 10, we encourage you to join the conversation and reflect on the concrete steps you can take to question, call out, and speak up against acts of gender-based violence". ~ Source

2018 2019 its time report

2018-2019 - It's Time: Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence.

December 6: Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

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December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. This day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women, engineering students at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.  The day now represents a time to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. 

"We each have the opportunity and the responsibility to stand up against misogyny, sexism, and hate — and it starts with creating a culture of respect.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the fact that women in Canada, and around the world, continue to face disproportionate levels of violence each and every day.

It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. Finally, it is a day for communities to consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls." Source

Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women Fact Sheets

Below are some fact sheets prepared after the CSW 57 in 2013, provided by the Canadian Research Institue for the Advancement of Women pertaining to Violence Against Women in Canada:

 English            French
Violence Against Women - long            Violence Contre les Femmes - longue
Violence Against Women - short            Violence Contre les Femmes - court