16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Each day we will be asking you to do one thing to help end gender violence.
We will be posting links to videos, stats, information and other campaigns that speak to gender violence and inequality. Please come back each day or visit our Facebook to learn more about the topics below.

November 25 UniTE
November 26 Creating space
November 27 Gender and the media
November 28 Kids react
November 29 Pledge #EndViolence
November 30 Men and feminism
December 1 Making decisions
December 2 Changing the story
December 3 Acts of kindness
December 4 Voices against Violence
December 5 Health fair in N'Dilo 10-3
December 6 December 6th Vigil at NUP 4pm
December 7 Dress codes
December 8 Victim blaming
December 9 "Because it's 2015"
December 10 International Human Rights Day

November 25th
Today starts the 16 days of activism against gender violence.  We will be posting one new theme each day and asking you to tweet, share, like, watch or promote something to change gender violence each day from now and until December 10th.  Join the UNiTE campaign by painting the world orange http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action/16-days-of-activism  

November 26th
Take action by creating your own group or partnering with many groups to create change. 
Here are some really good tips on how to establish a new activist organization or collective. http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/2015-campaign/take-action-kit

November 27th
Can how the media cover events effect how we perceive what happened? Here are three videos that cover the same incident. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_9dqCb1rqE, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9IMhZJLEA8, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPK6EIe44dw.  
Gives you something to think about when reading or watching the news.

November 28th
Kids can often be our greatest teachers.  Watch how these kids react to a video
called “Slap Her” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar20hv0rpBM.

November 29th
Take the Pledge to #EndViolence We are all part of the solution!  The Government of Canada is urging all Canadians to commit to ending violence against women and girls, now and throughout the year. You can start by taking the pledge and asking your friends and family to do the same on social media. Go to http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/vaw-vff/pledge-en.php where you can take the following pledge to end violence. 
“Yes, I believe all women and girls deserve a life free of violence! I hereby pledge to take action to end violence against women and girls.”

November 30th
Can men be feminists? YES! It is crucial for men to participate in building respectful relationships with women and other men.  This video speaks to that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NufbKwnggA   Here is a great video by Jackson Katz that speaks to ending men’s violence against women https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTvSfeCRxe8. If you are concerned about anger in your relationships, "A New Day" offer free counselling in Yellowknife.  Call 873-2201 for more information or visit http://www.ttopfc.com/a-new-day.html.

December 1st 
Making decisions in life can be hard.  We need to look at all the options we have in order to be better people.  Watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxWSGwJzDlY and come up with 26 different ways you could promote respect or stop gender violence. 
Comment with the best option you came up with.

December 2nd
Can we change this story? Though this video is from Australia it paints a very similar picture of our communities in the north. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b62CU28ArPo

December 3rd
Small acts of kindness and respect can go a long way.  Please watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT-HBl2TVtI and think of the many small acts of kindness you could do to help promote a respectful, equal community where we all care for each other.

December 4th  
“Voices against Violence” is a co-educational curriculum developed by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and UN Women, with inputs from young people. Designed for various age groups ranging from 5 to 25 years, it provides young people with tools and expertise to understand the root causes of violence in their communities, to educate and involve their peers and communities to prevent such violence, and to learn about where to access support if violence is experienced. - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2013/10/voices-against-violence-curriculum#sthash.PZnVHcIw.dpuf

December 5th  
Stop by the N’Dilo School Gym and partake in their community health fair. 
Starting at 10am – 3pm. Over 20 service providers will be there to provide information
on their programs and services.  Sponsored by YK Dene.

December 6th  
Today at 4pm is the December 6th Vigil at Northern Unite Place in Yellowknife.  We hope to see everyone there to remember those we have lost and to take action on gender violence.

December 6th Vigil to remember those we have lost and take action on gender violence.

December 7th  
Dress codes are they a good idea? Can they be sexist? Here are two women’s thoughts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41J4XBjgOrw  or

December 8th  
Society often places blame of violent acts on what the victim was doing to deserve the violence instead of placing the blame where it belongs… with the person who chose to be violent. Here are a few examples of what victim blaming looks like http://msmagazine.com/blog/2013/05/28/rape-splaining-10-examples-of-victim-blaming/.  Here are is an activity that can help demonstrate victim blaming to others http://stoprelationshipabuse.org/educated/avoiding-victim-blaming/exercise/

December 9th  
“Because it’s 2015” ~ Justin Trudeau  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6vhRrRsP7s. “Justin Trudeau stocked his Cabinet with 50% women. History suggests the country will benefit” read more here

December 10th  
Today is International Human Rights Day.  Learning your rights and helping others know their rights is an important step to accessing our rights.  Here is a story from a woman across the world that was reconnected with her rights. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WfT7FjJnw. Do you know your rights?
Check out the NWT Human Rights Commission to find out more information.