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If you are outside of the 9-1-1 service area, please access available emergency services or call a crisis line in your area.
You may also want to consult the list of additional support services for people affected by gender-based violence.
The Government of Canada’s theme for the 2022 campaign of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence is ‘’It’s Not Just‘’. The theme is a double meaning: it reminds Canadians of the injustice of gender-based violence (GBV) and brings attention to how society dismisses and minimizes attitudes and behaviours contributing to GBV. It highlights how GBV is not just a private issue, but a systemic cycle that all Canadians have a role in ending. ‘’It’s Not Just‘’ asks all Canadians to take action against GBV by addressing the beliefs and behaviours that perpetuate violence.
The theme of this year’s campaign is shared with the national youth awareness campaign that was launched on social media at the end of September 2022.
Ways to get involved
- Kick-off the 16 Days by wearing purple on November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to raise awareness about gender-based violence.
- Throughout the 16 Days, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn. Share the 16 Days campaign posts or create your own using the images below and the hashtag #16Days.
- Use 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence 2022 background below during your virtual meetings.
- Learn more about gender-based violence:
- Find out about 16 ways you can help end gender-based violence
- Check out ‘’It’s Not Just’’, our youth awareness campaign to end gender-based violence
- Visit the Gender-based Violence Knowledge Centre website
- Watch a movie, video or documentary related to gender-based violence such as those available on the National Film Board website (various languages; viewer discretion is advised for some films).
- Attend an event in your community to show your support to the victims of GBV. Consider donating to a shelter near you if you can.
- On the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, honour the victims of the Polytechnique Montréal tragedy by wearing a white ribbon. Visit the web page of the National Day for other ideas
- On December 10, Human Rights Day, read the full text or simplified version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or consult the illustrated booklet of the Declaration.
- Become an ally by adopting these simple but powerful actions all year long:
- Listen: be open to learning from the experiences of others
- Believe: support survivors and those affected by violence. It is very important that you say the words ‘’I believe you’’ and ‘’This is not your fault’’
- Educate (yourself and others): learn the facts about GBV; know what your workplace policies say about violence and harassment; take a course; participate in an event
- Speak out: add your voice to call out violence
- Intervene: find a safe way to help when you see acts of gender-based violence. Name what you see. Express your concern and ask how you can help. Intervening can also mean providing support and resources
- Act: give your time or donate to organizations working to end gender-based violence
16 Days 2022 digital toolkit
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