16 Days of Activism Against GBV

November 24

Join us this November 25 – December 10 to say NO to gender-based violence through the #ZontaSaysNO to Violence Against Women campaign.

Share this photo on your profile to show that, through your actions, you will #BuildABetterWorld for women and girls.

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November 25

On February 7, 2000, the United Nations officially designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

In Canada, the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence is an annual international campaign runs from November 25 to December 10, Human Rights Day. This campaign started in 1991 to encourage everyone to call out and speak up on gender-based violence, and to renew our commitment to ending violence against women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals.

Our club is joining the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, @ZontaSaysNO, by sharing information in a post each day. Please like and share our posts to help spread the word!  #ZontaSaysNO www.ZontaSaysNO.com

November 26


To commemorate this year’s 16 Days campaign, Women and Gender Equality Canada has put together this list of 16 ways to help end gender-based violence year round. Is there something on the list you didn’t know? Which ways will you help?


November 27

The Zonta Club of Ottawa plans to launch a climate justice education program for our members and our networks. As a jumping off point, we are learning through reading All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis together and discussing what our action steps could be through an All We Can Save Circle. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months and reach out to us via Facebook Messenger if you’re interested in joining us!


November 28

Today is GivingTuesday, a day to come together in support of causes that are important to us. GivingTuesday promotes the concept of “generosity not as a benevolence that the haves show to the have-nots but rather an expression of mutuality, solidarity, and reciprocity.” (Source: The GivingTuesday organization)

This year, the Zonta Club of Ottawa reflects this concept through a contribution to Carty House. As the only home dedicated to female refugees in Ottawa, Carty House provides a safe space for refugee women to live, grow, build a community, and settle into their new lives in Canada.

On this day of giving, we invite you to become a donor to support our efforts.


November 29


As winter approaches, this summer’s record wildfires in Canada may seem distant, but their impacts and the impacts of other climate-driven disasters continue to be felt. In all countries, gender-based violence is a factor post-disaster. This often stems from stress due to financial concerns, disaster-trauma heightened mental health issues, and increased substance abuse, to name a few factors. (Source: The Center for Disaster Philanthropy)



November 30


Our club supports many like-minded organizations working to provide shelter for the city’s most vulnerable women, including Cornerstone Housing for Women, Interval House, Carty House, and The Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa.





December 1


Today is the 35th World AIDS Day. Gender-based violence contributes to HIV transmission. For example, in situations of rape, the victim may experience bleeding and tearing that can create passageways for HIV to enter the bloodstream. Lack of condom use in situations of rape and of violence between intimate partners place both the victim and the perpetrator at risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. (Source: UN AIDS)




December 2

Today is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. This day focuses on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, child labour, and forced marriage.

Sex trafficking predominantly impacts women and children. It may seem hard to believe but, in Canada, there are an estimated 17,000 people trafficked into the country each year for forced labour and sexual exploitation. (Sources: United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime [UNODC], 2021, and the National Library of Medicine, 2023). For information about how you can help, visit the Ottawa Coalition to End Human Trafficking’s website: https://www.endhumantrafficking.ca/

December 3


Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Women with a disability are sexually assaulted at a high rate. There were 94 incidents of sexual assault for every 1,000 women with a disability in 2019, a rate over 4 x higher than that among women without a disability (22), and well above the rates among men with (15) or without (7) a disability. (Source: Canadian Centre for Justice and Community Safety Statistics, 2021)


December 4


If you are fortunate to be in a loving relationship with your partner, you may wonder why women stay in abusive relationships. Too often, people assume that, if a woman is in an abusive relationship, she is making a choice to stay and has the power to end the abuse if she just leaves. For more information, we invite you to consult this Canadian Women’s Foundation’s fact sheet and learn how to be a Signal for Help Responder.



December 5

Today is International Volunteer Day, a global celebration of volunteers. It takes place every year on December 5 to shine a light on the impact of volunteer efforts everywhere. Volunteers are leading social change around the world, and our volunteer club is no exception.

Our advocacy to end gender-based violence, our annual awards and bursaries program for girls and women in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, and our upcoming climate justice education program are but a few examples. For more information, reach out to us via Facebook Messenger and visit our website.

December 6

It has been more than 30 years since the murder of 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal (December 6, 1989). This act of violent misogyny shook our country and led Parliament to designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Join us today in remembering.


December 7

(Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada: Dominion Wide Photographs Limited,  Library and Archives Canada, 1971-191 NPC)

Today marks the 53rd anniversary of the Royal Commission’s groundbreaking Report on the Status of Women in Canada. Created in 1967, this Royal Commission was a response to a months-long campaign by a coalition of 32 women’s groups calling on the federal government to advance equality for women.

The resulting report provided an overview of the status of women and made 167 recommendations to the federal government for reducing gender inequality.

The Zonta Club of Ottawa empowers women and girls through service and advocacy. For more information, contact us via Facebook Messenger and visit our website.   zontaottawa.ca

December 8


As if the disproportionate murder rate of Indigenous women as compared with non-Indigenous women weren’t unjust enough, Statistics Canada has shown there’s a disparity in the way homicide cases involving Indigenous women and girls are handled in the Canadian legal system. People accused of killing Indigenous women are less likely to be charged with first-degree murder. (Source: Statistics Canada)

The Native Women’s Association of Canada ‘s website offers information on how you can join the movement to have no more missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.


December 9

As we near the end of the 16 Days of Activism campaign, we invite you to join the movement to prevent gender-based violence. Add your voice to ours in calling for the violence and the silence to end. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Amplify our messages on Facebook and consider joining our club – zontaottawa.ca
  • Become a donor to support our efforts.
  • Write to your provincial MPP and city councillor’s office to demand more significant funding for organizations directly supporting survivors.
  • Check out and share campaigns, such as DRAW THE LINE, that can help bystanders identify and intervene when necessary

December 10

Today marks the 75th anniversary of one of the world’s most groundbreaking global pledges: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This landmark document enshrines the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Did you know it was authored by Canadian legal scholar John Humphrey?

The Zonta Club of Ottawa supports the Declaration and invites you to join us in fighting the discrimination that many women and girls still face based on sex and gender. Contact us via Facebook Messenger or visit our website to learn more about our local and global efforts. zontaottawa.ca

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