St. Catharines University holds 16 day campaign against gender-based violence


Published November 24, 2021 at 4:06 pm

Starting tomorrow (November 25), Brock will start its 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

Organized by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership, the annual international campaign will begin tomorrow on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The school’s Schmon Tower will be lit up in purple to recognize the day. Things will then continue with the University hosting various online and in-person events throughout the 16-day observation before wrapping up December 10 on World Human Rights Day.

Brock will also illuminate Schmon Tower in purple on December 6 to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the day held annually in Canada on the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre, in which an armed student murdered 14 women and injured 10 others.

Fouth-year Fine Arts student and Gender and Sexual Violence Peer 2 Peer Support Worker Rabia Choudhary told the student newspaper, Brock News, the theme of anti-ableism will also be explored as part of this year’s campaign.

“We’re excited to be working closely with the Sexual Violence Prevention Committee to help incorporate the theme of anti-ableism into the 16 Days of Activism,” she said.

“Each event explores the nuances of gender-based violence (GBV) and ableism, an extremely important topic because disabled women are at high risk of experiencing GBV. I know that I will be learning many new things this week, and I encourage everyone else to show up to do the same.”

Along with web resources, there will be several events taking place on campus and across the region, including a movie screening and discussion about disability and dating, a panel discussion about gender-based violence and activism in multiple circles and sectors, and an Instagram live giveaway of information packages and goodie bags.


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