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CFUW supports 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

The Canadian Federation of University Women Nelson & District (CFUW) invite you to participate in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence this November and December. Locally the CFUW is creating awareness of this initiative and sharing information on how folks can get involved.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on Thursday, November 25th (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), and runs until Friday, December 10th (Human Rights Day).

Locally the CFUW is creating awareness, sharing information on how folks can get involved and participate in events to support this initiative.This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days Campaign. There is still a pressing need for this campaign to continue as the rates of gender-based violence again women are still staggering.

Every 6 days a woman is killed in Canada by her intimate partner (Statistics Canada, 2019). For Indigenous women the rates are much higher: 59 per cent of First Nations women, 64 per cent of Metis women and 44 per cent of Inuit women suffered from psychological, physical or sexual intimate partner violence (Statistics Canada, 2018).

The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is “Orange The World: End Violence Against Women Now!”

On Monday, Dec 6th CFUW Nelson & District will be participating in the local Violence Against Women In Relationships (VAWIR) virtual event to mark the anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre also known as the Montreal massacre.

This was an antifeministmass shootingin Montreal at an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal. Fourteen women were murdered.

CFUW will be highlighting other events and activities for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violenceon their facebook page.

CFUW Nelson & District is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization. Since it was founded in 1919 (1967 in Nelson),  CFUW has been working to improve the status of women, and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace.

The group meets once a month to enjoy companionship, hear local speakers and discuss advocacy. All self identified women are invited to come to a meeting and see if this organization is for you.

Reach out on facebook, or email nelsoncfuw@gmail.comfor the meeting schedule.

Photo Caption: Former Co-Vice President Liz Bossio and one of the current Co-Vice Presidents Stephanie Myers at the Selkirk Bursary Tea in 2018. — Submitted photo