16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence begin November 25

Toronto – November 23, 2020 – Right now, violence against women is the world's largest and most persistent human rights violation. Over 50 percent of Canadian women will experience an incident of violence at some point in their lives, and most will experience violence before they turn 25.

We all have a role to play in preventing and addressing gender-based violence, which is why the theme of this year’s “16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence” is #OurActionsMatter. Between November 25 and December 10, UFCW Canada members and allies are encouraged to join the conversation and reflect on the concrete steps that we as activists can take to question, call out, and speak up against acts of gender-based violence.

Below are some examples of the concrete actions that activists and labour unions, including UFCW Canada, are calling on the federal government to implement as part of this year’s 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence. With leadership, education, and action, we can end sexual harassment and violence in Canada. We can make workplaces safe for women and ensure that survivors are believed, and perpetrators are held accountable. Join us in calling on the government to:

You can also participate in the #16DaysOfActivism by:

For more information on gender-based violence, visit UFCW Canada’s Violence Against Women webpage. For more information on efforts to end sexual harassment in Canada, visit our union’s Sexual Harassment webpage.