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 2018.)

Saturday, November 24

Campaign Kick-Off!

Sunday, November 25

Monday, November 26

Tuesday, November 27

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.

Wednesday, November 28

Masculinity Panel 2.0: Sex and Relationships
Wed, Nov 28 | 7pm | SUB Council Chambers

Join the DSU Survivor Support Centre for a panel discussion to explore what healthy sex and relationships look like for men in 2018. We’ll be talking pleasure, eroticism, sex, connection, and ways these things can be positively nurtured. Sex is often quoted as a means for individuals to explore self-identity and esteem – however, barriers such as shame, blame, and fear damage one’s access to intimacy and self-exploration. 

Submit a question for the panelists anonymously, here: https://goo.gl/forms/XS5YBZFwvRRTRNTn2 

In this panel discussion we’ll address the current understanding of what it means to have healthy sex and relationships directly from the perspectives of several men living here in Halifax. 

This event is open to everyone and will include a short open question period at the end of the panel. 

We’re pleased to introduce Michael Davies-Cole as our moderator. Michael is a student at Dalhousie University. We also welcome the following panelists:

✨Robert Seymour Wright, MSW, RSW, Sociologist and Executive Director of the Peoples' Counselling Clinic
✨James Owen Dubé, BSc, BSW, RSW, Case Manager at the Peoples' Counselling Clinic
✨Matt Numer, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University
✨Jamal St. Lewis, Student, Dalhousie University

Logistics

Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, DSU, is wheelchair accessible and will have prioritized seating at the front for those with accessibility needs. 

Gender inclusive washrooms are available on the 1st and 3rd Floors of the SUB.

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Relax and rejuvenate before finals!

Join the Saint Mary's Women Centre. Come learn simple, powerful breathing techniques to release stress and energize your system, and experience a deeply relaxing guided 
meditation. No experience necessary - everyone is welcome!

Brought to you by SMU Women's Centre and Art of Living Halifax.

Located in Studio A of the Homburg Centre (smufit).

 

Thursday, November 29

Friday, November 30

Saturday, December 1

Sunday, December 2

Monday, December 3

Tuesday, December 4

16 Reasons Why - Social Media Campaign  
Every day of the 16 days Student Success and Student Success Peer Educators (Agricultural Campus) will explain 1 reason for action each day.
The campaign will be promoted on AXIS TV, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. 8:00am – 8:00pm

16 Days Visuals
Passive programming to be displayed around campus for 16 Days (Nov 25 - Dec 10). These posters and infographics will be displayed on all three Halifax campuses as well as Truro campus.
Organized by Dalhousie Student Engagement Program, Human Rights and Equity Services, Heartwood Center for Youth and Community Development and Avalon Sexual Assault Center.

Disrupting Rape Culture
The purpose of this workshop is to start a conversation around rape culture and discuss ways we can begin to challenge it in our day to day lives. We will define rape culture, discuss where we see it and ways to challenge it, and how to educate others in our lives. Participants will be involved in discussions, interactive activities, and action planning.
Organizers: HRES Peer Educators
https://www.facebook.com/events/110842163033410/
Goldberg Computer Science Building, 6050 University Ave, room 430; 2:00 – 3:30pm
Event Accessibility notes: Gender-neutral, accessible washrooms, accessible space, option for interpreter, variety of learning styles addresses (audio, visuals, kinesthetic). 

Microaggression Macroproblem!
A one-hour workshop on microaggressions, where they come from, how they hurt and what we can do to stop them. This workshop will be co-facilitated by Peer Advisors from the Bissett Student Success Centre & South House, with lots of room for audience participation.
Student Union Building; 4:30pm

Wednesday, December 5

The HRES Peer Educators team will tabling in various spots on campus with zines, books, snacks, buttons, and materials to talk to you about what activism against gender-based violence has looked like and to collectively envision what it can look like on campus and in our communities.

Thursday, December 6

Commemoration Ceremony
The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women will mark the day with a Commemoration ceremony from 11:00 am to 12 noon in the Red Chamber, Province House, 1726 Hollis St., Halifax.

Commemoration Event
Mount St. Vincent is holding an event from 12:00 - 1:00. at the McCain Atrium.

Dal Women in Engineering Ceremony
Join Dalhousie Women in Engineering on Dec. 6 at 2:00 pm for a ceremony to commemorate the victims of the 1989 massacre, and to encourage action that ends gender-based violence and supports women in male-dominated fields like engineering. Open to the public, this event takes place in room B310, Sexton Campus, 1360 Barrington Street. It will include speakers conveying the modern-day relevance of this historical event, and will end with a candlelight vigil.A “Not so Silent” Vigil will take place from 5:45 to 8:45 pm, starting by candlelight outside the front entrance of the Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen St., Halifax. The vigil will be followed by the warmth of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre at 2185 Gottingen St. for food, spoken word, music, action, sharing and inspiration. See the Facebook event page for more details.

Candlelight Vigil
There will be a candlelight vigil at 6:00 in Bridgewater at Shipyard Landing Gazebo.

Tabling
The HRES Peer Educators team will tabling in various spots on campus with zines, books, snacks, buttons, and materials to talk to you about what activism against gender-based violence has looked like and to collectively envision what it can look like on campus and in our communities.

Friday, December 7

The HRES Peer Educators team will tabling in various spots on campus with zines, books, snacks, buttons, and materials to talk to you about what activism against gender-based violence has looked like and to collectively envision what it can look like on campus and in our communities.

Saturday, December 8

Sunday, December 9

Monday, December 10

The HRES Peer Educators team will tabling in various spots on campus with zines, books, snacks, buttons, and materials to talk to you about what activism against gender-based violence has looked like and to collectively envision what it can look like on campus and in our communities.


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