16 Days of Activism Against Gender‑Based Violence

In 1991, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University initiated an annual international campaign that is dedicated to ending gender-based violence, and that has since run every year, with support from the United Nations and with growing participation from hundreds of organizations around the world.

Human Rights & Equity Services and South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre are teaming up for the fourth annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. In the past, we have collaborated with various faculties, organizations, services, departments, centres, offices, and programs on campus and in the surrounding Halifax community to host and deliver, over a 16-day period, a series of events, campaigns, and/or activities committed to profiling, addressing and eradicating all forms of sex- and gender-based violence.

The campaign is exactly as it sounds: it runs for the 16-day period between November 25 (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) through to December 10 (International Human Rights Day).

(The dates below reflect events happening in 2019.)

Monday, November 25th

Campaign Kick-Off:

Peer Educators will be tabling in the SUB. Come by to learn more about our services at HRES and the history and future of the 16 Days of Activism


Tuesday, November 26th

Wednesday, November 27th

Thursday, November 28th

Panel on Sexualized Violence Policies and Legal Frameworks

Join the King's Student Union for a panel and question period about sexualized violence policies and other logistic/ legal frameworks in Halifax and Nova Scotia. The four panellists have their bios posted below, and there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask them questions. There are gender neural washrooms nearby, and the Wardroom is wheelchair accessible. There will also be food 4 free! 

There will be an active listener at the event.

The Wardroom Bar will be opening after the panel has ended.

Kym Sweeny is a queer single parent and Indigenous rights lawyer. She is a classic Virgo and a doting dog-mom. Her academics have focused on utilizing decolonial frameworks in research, as well as the intersection between environmental and Indigenous legal issues. She helped found Dalhousie’s Sexual Violence phone line and led an expansion of the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service to provide support for sexual violence survivors. In her community, Kym is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Youth Project, and helps organize a ‘Radical Parenting Council’.

Nora MacIntosh is a recent graduate from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, where she was the recipient of multiple awards for her contribution and commitment to community development, service, education and law reform. While at law school, she spent two years as Co-Chair of the 2SLGBTQ+ OUTLaw Society, and in her final year was the Executive Director Internal at the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service. She currently works as the Legal Coordinator for the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, where she helps develop internal policies for the organization and provides legal and advocacy support to staff and clients. She sits on the Dalhousie Legal Aid Service Board of Trustees where she is a member of the Community Development and Law Reform Committee, and she is also a member of the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project Board of Directors.

Levi Clarkson is a 3rd year student at The University of King’s College / Dalhousie studying Contemporary Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies with a minor in Popular Culture Studies. Along with volunteering for the Sexual Assault and Harassment Phone Line at Dalhousie, they are a student representative on the Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Policy Committee at King’s. This committee has been working to draft a stand-alone sexualized violence policy at King’s. On the committee, Levi aims to provide not only a student’s perspective, but a survivor’s perspective.

Frank Heimpel is a white, queer, disabled, gender weird, non binary, settler who spends their days screaming about injustice, facilitating workshops, and bbqing. They are an Outreach and Education Coordinator at South House, where they offer peer support, create workshops and resources, and try to arrange the safer sex supplies in a way that makes them look ~cool and hip~. They have a background in anti-violence education, community development, youth engagement, and being a certified cool guy.

Friday, November 29th

Saturday, November 30th

Sunday, December 1st

Monday, December 2nd

Tuesday, December 3rd

Wednesday, December 4th

Thursday, December 5th

Friday, December 6th

Dalhousie Women in Engineering Ceremony of Rememberence

5:30 pm to 6:15 pm, 5257 Morris Street, Halifax, NS.

On December sixth the Dalhousie Women in Engineering (WIE) Society will be presenting their annual ceremony of remembrance to mark the date of the tragic events that happened exactly thirty years ago; when a lone gunman entered Ecole Polytechnique, targeting female engineering students. This ceremony will commemorate the loss of life as well as convey a message of perseverance and resilience for women in STEM. Dalhousie University is one of four schools across the country participating in Ecole Polytechnique’s national ceremony. 

All are welcome to come and join. 

Start time : 5:30 PM 

Ceremony End Time : 6:15 PM with refreshments to follow

Location : 5257 Morris Street, Halifax “Richard Murray Design Building” in the “Irving Oil Auditorium”

Parking: free parking located at 1335 Queen Street after 4 PM 

Candle Lit Vigil - National Day of Rememberence and Action

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre (606 Reeve St., Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia)

You are invited to join the Strait Area Women's Centre at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre in the Arts and Crafts Room on Friday December 6th 2019 @ 6pm. Wear your PURPLE RIBBONS and light candles to remember and honor each woman killed in Montreal in 1989, and every woman affected by violence still today.

Ceremony of Remembrance and to raise awareness, with guest readers and a musical interlude brought to you by Strait Area Women's Place/Leeside Society.

Event Details

"Not-So-Silent" Vigil

5:15 pm - 7:30 pm, Ralph M. Medjuck Building (5410 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia)

This year’s Not-so-Silent Vigil seeks to raise awareness of gender-based violence while raising up the voices of women. It will showcase a diversity of voices, perspectives and experiences of women who actively push the boundaries limiting them. We gather to remember the lives that were lost.

Event Details

National Day of Rememberence and Action on Violence Against Women

9:45 am to 12:05 pm, Kenneth Rowe Hall, Pier 21 (1055 Marginal Road Halifax)

On December 6, 2019, the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the
Status of Women will recognize The National Day of Remembrance
and Action on Violence Against Women.

Space is limited. Please reserve your seat (or a table) by December
2nd at: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/dec6ns

Event Details

National Day of Rememberence and Action on Violence Against Women

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, The Lotus Centre (67 Dominion Street, Truro, NS)

You are invited to a small ceremony in remembrance of the women who were murdered because they were women on December 6, 1989 at L'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal.

The Lotus Centre and Third Place Transition House will hold a brief candle lighting ceremony and provide sandwiches and refreshments.

Saturday, December 7th

Launch of the Last Taboo Project

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, The Henry G. Bauld Centre (37 Wilfred Jackson Way, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

The official launch of The Last Taboo a project to give voice to the issue of Black Women and Violence against Black Women and empowering Black Women in addressing the cycle of violence.

Event Details

Sunday, December 8th

4th Annual Auction - Halifax Stands with Water Protectors

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 2202 Gottingen St., Halifax, Nova Scotia

For over three years, water protectors have held a continuous presence along the Shubenacadie River, where Alton Gas proposes to dump tonnes of salt mine waste as part of a natural gas storage project without Mi’kmaq consent.

This past March, three Mi'kmaq grandmothers were arrested for 'trespassing' as they protected the river. They have responded by launching a title claim over the land, asserting their inherent treaty rights to protect the river.

Treaty and title fights are very expensive to bring to court, so our support is very crucial at this time. Proceeds from this fourth annual silent auction and performance fundraiser will directly support Mi’kmaq Treaty assertion and the fight against the Alton Gas Natural Gas Storage project. A portion of the proceeds will also go to the Wolastoq Grandmothers to aid their efforts to protecting Sisson Brook from a Tungsten mine.

This event is being planned on unceded Mi'kmaq Territory by SWAGR (Solidarity With Alton Gas Resistance), a Kjipuktuk/Halifax-based group of activists from Council of Canadians, Ecology Action Centre, Solidarity Halifax, and the general community. The focus of this group is to support resistance efforts against the Alton Natural Gas Storage Project, and we take our direction from frontline Mi'kmaq communities and other residents of the surrounding area.

Event Details

Monday, December 9th

Tuesday, December 10th

Thank you to the many organizers and supporters of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign!