Womyn’s Centre to host events for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

The CUSA Womyn’s Centre will host a variety of events during the international initiative 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. The campaign begins on November 25th and ends with International Human Rights Day on December 10th.

These events – which range from an open OurTurn Bystander Intervention Training on November 19th, to a Self-Care Art Night on December 4th – aim to educate, support, and remember.

“Each event has a unique purpose, whether to provide a space for survivors to come together, educate students on bystander intervention, or mourn the loss of women whose lives have been ended by gendered violence,” says Womyn’s Centre Coordinator Holly Smith. “Everyone can get involved, and everyone has something to learn or gain from this.”

Initiated at the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University in 1991, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign has become a symbol of hope for women around the world and provided an opportunity to remember survivors.

The Womyn’s Centre hopes that these events will create a safe space for all students and shed further light on the cause, particularly the Survivors Speak event on November 30th in Roosters Coffeehouse. The event will welcome a lineup of survivors to speak on the issue, as well as an open mic for any who chooses to speak.

“The 16 Days campaign serves as a reminder not to stop fighting against gender-based violence every day of the year,” says CUSA Vice President of Student Services Alexis Oundo.

For further information on the events during the campaign please visit the Womyn’s Centre of Facebook.

For media inquiries:

Harar Hall & Holly Smith
Womyn’s Centre Coordinators
613-520-2600 x2712

Alexis Oundo
VP Student Services
613-520-2600 x1606