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Women's March Human Trafficking Day International Women's Day Equal Pay Day BPW Day Gender Equality Week Day of the Girl #16Days December 6 BPW Events


 Women's March Canada January | #WomensWave

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 "Two years ago, on January 21, 2017, people of all backgrounds--women and men and gender nonconforming people, young and old, of diverse faiths, differently abled, immigrants and indigenous--came together, 5 million strong, on all seven continents of the world.

On January 19, 2019, we march again. The theme for the 2019 Women's Marches around the world is ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 1 in 3 women worldwide has experienced either physical or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime." ~ Source

Women's March Canada's website has all the information regarding The March, the history, advocacy, how to take action and more. 


National Human Trafficking Awareness Day - February 22 | #KnowHumanTrafficking

#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. Learn more...


International Women's Day - March 8 | #IWD

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"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 everywhere...is 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

2019's IWD theme is #BalanceForBetter.  

"Let's build a gender-balanced world. Everyone has a part to play - all the time, everywhere. From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence. Balance drives a better working world. Let's all help to create a #BalanceforBetter." ~ Source

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2018's #IWD theme was #PressForProgress. 

International Women's Day in Canada

2019: "In Canada, only a third of graduates in STEM are women, a difference that’s magnified in fields such as engineering and computer science. Meanwhile, Canada and other countries face major job shortages in many STEM fields. When women are held back from filling high-quality jobs like these, Canada’s economy is also held back. ~ Source

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Canada's Equal Pay Day - March 18 | #EPD

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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. The average for across Canada is March 18.

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BPW Day - August 26 | #BPWDay

#BPWDay

BPW was 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!


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

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International Day of the Girl Child | #DayOfTheGirl

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"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

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

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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. In 2017 and 2018, Canada's theme for the 16 Days has been #MyActionsMatter. 

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

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Violence Against Women

#MyActionsMatter December 6 #OrangeTheWorld Fact Sheets


MyActionsMatter ~ #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - November 25 to December 10

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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 #16Days theme is: MYActionsMatter.

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

"This year’s theme, #MYActionsMatter, carries on the message from last year’s successful campaign and is a call to action that asks everyone to take concrete steps to question, call out, and speak up against acts of gender-based violence (GBV). Recently, public attention has shone a light on what statistics have long confirmed: women in Canada and around the world continue to face violence each and every day. In response to this all-too-familiar reality #MYActionsMatter asks the question: what will you do?" Source

Did You Know in Canada?

  1. Women are 11 times more likely than men to be victims of sexual offences.

  2. Women are three times more likely than men to experience criminal harassment.

  3. Women are almost four times more likely than men to experience intimate partner violence.

  4. RCMP reports that well over 1,200 Aboriginal women and girls have been murdered or gone missing in Canada.

  5. Data suggest that one-quarter of female students in college or university have experienced sexual assault or attempted sexual assault; 90% of these students knew their attacker.

Goverment of Canada's Strategy to End 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

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.

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#OrangeTheWorld ~ #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - November 25 to December 6

"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...In support of this civil society initiative the 16 Days of Activism, under the leadership of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign (UNiTE), calls for global action to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts and share of knowledge and innovations.

In recent years, the UNiTE campaign has utilized the colour orange to represent a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls, as a unifying theme running through all of its global activities."

2018's theme is: #HearMeToo. "Advocates understand that while the names and contexts may differ across geographic locations, women and girls everywhere are experiencing extensive abuse and their stories need to be brought to light." Source

#HearMeToo 2018


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

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