Niagara Region sign lit up in purple to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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Published November 26, 2021 at 2:44 pm

Last night (November 25), the Niagara Region sign at the headquaters in Thorold was lit up bright purple to acknowledge the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Tweeted the region this morning, “The #Niagara sign was lit purple to acknowledge the beginning of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. Let’s come together to renew our commitment to ending gender-based violence.”

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and goes until December 10, the World Human Rights Day.

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the campaign.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 25th, was designated in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly, which chose the date to commemorate the lives of the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic who were violently assassinated in 1960.

The day pays tribute to them and urges global recognition of gender-based violence. Each year on November 25, governments, international organizations, and NGOs are invited to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the pervasive issue of gender-based violence and its devastating impacts on individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole.

The 16 Days are an opportunity to come together as Canadians, and with partners around the world, to call out and speak up on gender-based violence and to renew our commitment to ending violence against women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+ (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, plus ), and gender diverse individuals.

Canada also observes its own National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women to honour and remember the 14 women who were murdered during the tragic mass shooting at Polytechnique Montréal on December 6, 1989. Ten more women and four men were injured in the shooting.

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