From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

November 25 – December 10

2017 Calendar of Events scheduled in Ottawa. Compiled for Zonta members

The Zont Club of Ottawa joins Zontians world-wide in expressing the need to stop Violence Against Women during the 16 days of Activisim.

November 25, Day 1 – Monday

Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (See OCTEVA Calendar)

UNiTE Campaign Launch     End Violence Against Women and Girls    Nov 25, 2017    4:15 pm     Minto Park / City Hall

  • Wear something ORANGE and/or PURPLE and join us for the launch of the UNiTE Campaign and the 16 Days Canada Campaign
  • 4:15 pm Meet at Minto Park (corner of Elgin and Gilmour Streets) for a Candlelight March to the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights Monument
  • 5:00 pm – Jean Pigott Hall (City Hall): Presentation of Proclamation by Mayor Jim Watson, guest speakers, entertainment, refreshments
  • Thank you to the City of Ottawa for agreeing to light up the Heritage Building in Orange & Purple to shine a light on the issue of violence against women and girls.   Organizers:     Grandmothers Advocacy Network/Mouvement de soutien des grand-mères    &    Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada


Odawa’s 22nd Annual Art Auction

  • Nov 25, 2017   /   5pm – 9:30pm   /    St. George’s Parish 415 Piccadilly Ave   Schedule:  5:00 pm Art Preview  /  6:00 pm Native Buffet Meal
  • 7:30 pm Native Entertainment  /   8:00 pm Art Auction Begins   /   Tickets:  $50 Dinner & Auction
  • Join the fun at Odawa’s 22nd annual Aboriginal Art Auction and support the Odawa Friendship Centre. It will be an exciting evening of Aboriginal food, entertainment and a live art auction. More than 25,000 dollars-worth of fine quality art has been donated! You’ll find deals in sculpture, paintings, prints and jewelry in both the live and silent auction. Don’t miss your opportunity to bid on outstanding native art and sculpture, while supporting a worthy cause. This is one of our major fundraisers of the year! Your support makes a big difference to changing the lives of Indigenous children, women, families and elders. The art auction has raised over $300,000 in the past 21 years.  Tickets can be purchased online or calling Odawa.  All money raised goes to women, youth, elder and community programs.

 November 26 – Day 2 – Sunday    

Grandmothers Advocacy Network and WIIS-Canada

Documentary Premiere of “A Better Man”

  • A Better Man documents a personal experiment between a woman and her abusive ex-partner to create a step towards accountability and understanding
  • Access the documentary on
  • Organiser: A BETTER MAN

November 27 – Day 3 – Monday

Politics at the Pub: Digital Diplomacy

The Canadian International Council’s National Capital Branch welcomes you to the next Politics at the Pub event, “Digital Diplomacy in the Current Era of Foreign Affairs”, on Monday, November 27.

  • The rapid growth of digital media and information technologies has broadened the realm of political discourse and public diplomacy. The concept of digital diplomacy, including what some refer to as “Twitter diplomacy”, has been around for some time now, with varying approaches taken by different countries and governments. What has digital diplomacy achieved so far? How has it evolved from initial expectations? How effective is it as a means of influencing foreign affairs? Where do future opportunities lie?
  • Spend the evening with us as our panel addresses the value of this emerging field and discusses how different state and non-state actors are getting involved in this new generation of diplomacy and foreign affairs.
  • ** Panelists will be announced shortly **
  • Tickets are only $5.00 for CIC members and $10.00 for non-members, and include a glass of wine or craft beer. They can be purchased online on Eventbrite, with a limited quantity also available at the door.
  • Schedule:  5:30 – 6:00: Doors open / 6:00 – 7:30: Panel discussion / 7:30 – 8:30: Post-event mingling /  The Red Lion Public House, 47 Clarence Street
  • Learn more about our upcoming events at the CIC’s website:

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November 28 – Day 4 – Tuesday  

The Walrus Talks Health (Ottawa)

  • Get your tickets now for McKesson Presents The Walrus Talks Health!
  • Seven speakers for seven minutes each exploring innovation in health and medicine. Hear from leaders in the field, working to build health care for the future.
  • FEATURING: Jessica Ching, CEO and co-founder, Eve Medical        • Brendan Frey, CEO and co-founder, Deep Genomics • Rohit Khanna, founder & managing director, Catalytic Health         • Karl Mallory, jurisdictional lead, Closing the Circle of Care Expansion Project • Steven Narod, Canada Research Chair in Breast Cancer   • Maureen O’Neil, president, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) • Kona Williams, forensic pathologist, Ontario Forensic Pathology Service
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017   /  6:30 p.m. Doors Open  /  7:00 p.m. The Walrus Talks  /  Reception following
  • Canadian Museum of Nature / Musée canadien de la nature 240 McLeod Street
  • The Walrus Talks is a national series of events produced by the Walrus Foundation. Each event offers thoughtful, inspiring thinking and seven minute talk from scholars, writers, performers, scientists, artists, business leaders, and more.
  • Questions about the Walrus Talks? Read our FAQs at


Art Battle Ottawa

  • Nov 28, 2017        7pm – 11pm
  • Arts Court: 2 Daly Avenue  /  TICKETS –
  • $20 General Admission / $15 Early-bird / $10 Students
  • Art Battle® is live competitive painting. Painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. At the end of the round, the audience votes democratically for their favourite painting and bids in silent auction to take the work home. Art Battle happens in more than 50 cities worldwide, check for local listings!
  • Now is your chance to step up to the easel ! Apply for this season on Ottawa or another city


Against Their Will – A Photo Exhibit by Doctors Without Borders in Ottawa

by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)


Register for the special event in Ottawa or watch on live on facebook

  • On Tuesday, November 28th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, MSF will host a panel presentation featuring Psychologist from Haiti Dr. Stéphanie Loiseau, MSF Humanitarian Affairs Advisor, Jason Nickerson, and MSF Communications Officer Idriss Lomba. We hope that you will be available to join us.
  • 6:00pm – 6:30pm: Photo exhibit on display
  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm: Panel Presentation
  • 7:30pm – 8:00pm: Dialogue with panelists
  • Click here for the Facebook live 6:00pm8:00pm on November 28
  • This exhibit in the Ottawa Public Library features the work of photographer Benedicte Kurzen and focuses on Doctors Without Borders’ response to sexual and gender-based violence against young people in Haiti. The exhibit will be displayed until Friday December 1st 2017, during normal library opening hours.


*November 29 – Day 5 – Wednesday

Zonta Holiday Dinner & Auction for Family and Friends

  • This is our major event for the 16 Day of Activism.
  • Algonquin College International Restaurant
  • 5:30 p.m. Sharp (Restaurant closes at 9:00 p.m.)
  • Please describe your Auction donations to Val Hume.
  • More details will be added as final plans are made. If Algonquin is still on strike, we will have the event as a Pot Luck at 135 Darlington Pvt.



Please join us for a brown bag lunch with Susana Galdos – Co-founder of the Manuela Ramos Movement- and Carmen Espinoza – also Co-founder and Deputy Director of Manuela Ramos. They will both join via teleconference but you are invited to join us at the Cuso International Ottawa office with staff for the presentation.

This will be a unique opportunity to meet one of the Peruvian partners of Cuso International and see how Cuso International is taking concrete action to improve the lives of women around the world.

There will be time to ask questions at the end of the presentation.


Wednesday, November 29
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
44 Eccles, Suite 200
Ottawa, ON

FemCity Ottawa Women in Business: Why It Matters

  • Nov 29, 2017   8:30am – 11:30am      KS on the Keys Restaurant / Bar / Catering 1029 Daze St   
  • TICKETS   Buffet Breakfast is included with your ticket purchase.   Business members: $30   Community members: $40
  • You’re invited to join FemCity Ottawa to discuss and share ideas with female entrepreneurs, influencers and change makers.
  • “Women In Business: Why It Matters” will feature women from community, business, and politics. Our panel will address how they tackle work-life balance, diversity, inclusion and will discuss key current affairs.
  • The morning will open with a welcome message from FemCity Ottawa President and social entrepreneur Nathalie V Martin. Guests will have an opportunity to network and socialize with each other and with prominent women in business and politics.
  • Distinguished Panelists:   Honourable MP Michelle Rempel   /   Solange Tuyishime, Mrs Canada 2017  /  Dale Allen, CEO of the Leadership Group  /  Brenda Elizabeth Williams, New Life Project  /  Dominique Dennery, President – Dennery Resources Inc.
  • FemCity Ottawa Business and Board members will also be featured.
  • Limited booth space and sponsorship opportunities are available. Inquiries can be forwarded to our email address: and a FemCity Ottawa board member will contact you.


Panel Discussion: The Unique Challenges Faced by Women Human Rights Defenders

  • Adriana Benjumea Rúa, Dina Meza and Kari Mariana Mancera Gómez will share their courageous stories of resistance, and the women’s movements they work with to bring change on the ground. Presentations begin at 5:30 pm followed by a mix-and-mingle time.
  • University of Ottawa – Fauteux Hall room number 570 – 57 Louis Pasteur Ottawa, ON
  • Organisers: Peace Brigades International-Canada, Nobel Women’s Initiative, The Match International Women’s Fund, Inter Pares and Human Rights Research and Education Centre
  • Documentary Premiere of “A Better Man”
  • A Better Man documents a personal experiment between a woman and her abusive ex-partner to create a step towards accountability and understanding.    Access the documentary on   Organiser: A BETTER MAN

 November 30 – Day 6 – Thursday

 A Collective Exercise

  • Sharing stories through writing/drawing narratives that will relate lived experiences of gender-based violence, 8:00pm to 9:30pm
  • uOttawa | FSS Class FEM3104, Ottawa, ON
  • Organiser: University of Ottawa | Faculty of Social Sciences | Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies

Opening Reception: ARTICULATIONS

  • Food – Bar – Wheelchair Accessible – All welcome  /  Nov 30, 2017  6 pm – 9 pm  Studio Sixty Six: 66 Muriel Street, Suite 202 K1S4E1
  • Co-curated by Studio Sixty Six and Myka Burke, Articulations (November 30-January 6) features the artwork of 40 women/femmes artists working in the National Capital Region (unceded Algonquin territory). As a landmark year in terms of Canadian colonial history, it is a crucial time to identify ways in which our country can and should grow. Historically and currently, female-identifying artists (especially those of colour) are, sadly, underrepresented in Canada’s art galleries.
  • As a gallery run by women, Studio Sixty Six wishes to focus its efforts towards encouraging local Canadian women/femmes artists. Co-Curator Myka Burke interviewed all 40 artists regarding their experiences and perspectives as women/femme artists working in the region, compiled and available to listen during the exhibition and on a special online minisite.
  • 10% of all artwork sales from the duration of the exhibition will be donated to OCTEVAW (Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women), who will be present at the reception to share information about their impressive initiatives.
  • More information, including special sponsorships, coming soon.

November 30 – Day 6 – Thursday                

YSB SleepOUT for Youth 2017

Nov 30 at 6 PM to Dec 1 at 9 AM     TD Place 1015 Bank Street

  • On November 30th, we’re sleeping out to raise funds and awareness to end and prevent youth homelessness in Ottawa. SleepOUT for Youth 2017 will bring community members of all ages together to spend a night sleeping outside — on the field of The Staidum at TD Place at Landsdowne! — to raise funds for the Youth Services Bureau (YSB) of Ottawa’s youth housing and homelessness programs. We’re sleeping out to make change, will we see you there?
  • Join us this year and help ensure homeless young people can leave the streets for good.
  • Register and learn more by visiting:

December 1 – Day 7 – Friday

YSB SleepOUT for Youth 2017

Nov 30 at 6 PM to Dec 1 at 9 AM   TD Place 1015 Bank Street

  • On November 30th, we’re sleeping out to raise funds and awareness to end and prevent youth homelessness in Ottawa. SleepOUT for Youth 2017 will bring community members of all ages together to spend a night sleeping outside — on the field of The Stadium at TD Place at Lansdowne! — to raise funds for the Youth Services Bureau (YSB) of Ottawa’s youth housing and homelessness programs. We’re sleeping out to make change, will we see you there?
  • Join us this year and help ensure homeless young people can leave the streets for good.
  • Register and learn more by visiting:

December 1- Day 7   World Aids Day

December 2 – Day 8 – Saturday


End Slavery Day 2017

  Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in Humans (PACT) Ottawa


Join PACT-Ottawa in observing End Slavery Day on December 2, 2017.
The evening will include a viewing of the film Human Trafficking Canada’s Secret Shame made by the Joy Smith Foundation. Followed by a panel discussion session with some light refreshments.


7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST, Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson


“Upon Another Midnight Queer”

  • Dec 2, 2017     6:30 pm – 9:30 pm   Centre town United Church
  • Tickets for the concert are 18$ (20$ at the door) and 10$ for students with student ID. Children under 12 accompanied by a guardian are free. Hope we see you there!
  • Join Tone Cluster for an evening of diverse music celebrating culture and holiday. We’ve been working hard and are excited to perform for you! Our last series of this concert was met with such love, we are bringing it back to you again (with lots of new and exciting music!) We will be performing at 7:30 pm.
  • This concert we are collaborating with Centre 507, a drop-in centre which offers support services for adults. They are hosting an art exhibit and doors will open an hour before the concert (6:30 pm) for all to browse. Perhaps you’ll find the perfect gift!
  • We’re also doing our annual wine and chocolate baskets! Will this be our biggest raffle yet? Tickets will be sold before the concert and at intermission; 3/5$ or $2 each. Funds raised support our trip to Calgary for Unison this year.

December 3 – Day 9 – Sunday

December 4 – Day 10 – Monday

Sexual Violence at Canadian Universities Book Launch

  • Monday, December 4 2017   @ 25 One Community, 251 Bank St. 2nd floor,  Dec 4, 2017  7pm – 9pm
  • Editors: Elizabeth Quinlan, Andrea Quinlan, Curtis Fogel and Gail Taylor, contributors: Elizabeth Sheehy, Daphne Gilbert, and Julie S. Lalonde, and frontline workers from Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre will be in attendance to discuss this book with us.
  • At least one in four women attending college or university will be sexually assaulted by the time they graduate. Beyond this staggering statistic, recent media coverage of “rape chants” at Saint Mary’s University, misogynistic Facebook posts from Dalhousie University’s dental school, and high-profile incidents of sexual violence at other Canadian universities point to a widespread culture of rape on university campuses and reveal universities’ failure to address sexual violence. As university administrations are called to task for their cover-ups and misguided responses, a national conversation has opened about the need to address this pressing social problem.
  • This book takes up the topic of sexual violence on campus and explores its causes and consequences as well as strategies for its elimination. Drawing together original case studies, empirical research, and theoretical writing from scholars and community and campus activists, this interdisciplinary collection charts the costs of campus sexual violence on students and university communities, the efficacy of existing university sexual assault policies and institutional responses, and historical and contemporary forms of activism associated with campus sexual violence.

December 5 – Day 11 – Tuesday

Launch of an International Standards Manual to Combat Crimes of Sexual Violence

  • Crimes of Sexual Violence in International Law
  • The Human Rights Research and Education Centre is pleased to partner with the Human Rights Clinic and Lawyers Without Borders to present:    Crimes of Sexual Violence in International Law
  • The presentation will be with Civil Law students who are working on a project undertaken by the Human Rights Clinic in partnership with Lawyers Without Borders. This event, following the launch of the Handbook on International Standards to Address Crimes of Sexual Violence, will be an opportunity to present the handbook and discuss issues on crimes of sexual violence in international law, of which the majority of victims are still women and girls involved in armed conflicts.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017  /  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  /  Fauteux Hall – FTX570 –  (57 Louis-Pasteur, uOttawa)
  • All are welcome.   /     The event will be presented in French.   /   A light lunch will be served.
  • RSVP at
  • * The Human Rights Research and Education Centre may take pictures at this event for use on the website

December 6 – Day 12 – Wednesday

  • Nation Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women
  • December 6. 2017 Minto Park, 3325 Elgin St. Ottawa, ON,
  • 6:00 P.M.
  • Gather with us to honour and grieve all mother, partners, isister, daughters, grandmother, friends, co-workers and neighbours and classmates who have been harmed and killed in acts of male violence.


Male Ally Meet Up

  • After Vigil, Woody’s Pub   330 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M5
  • The annual vigil organized by Women’s Event Network will take place at Minto Park at 6 pm. Afterward, people of all genders who are interested in men’s role and responsibility in ending gender-based violence are invited to a casual meet-up with MANifest Change staff and volunteers.

December 6 – Day 12 – Wednesday

CFHS Canadian Violence Link Conference

  • The CFHS Canadian Violence Link Conference will take place at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre in Ottawa, Ontario December 4-6, 2017.       Location:  Ottawa Conference and Event Centre  /  200 Coventry Rd  /  Ottawa, ON K1K4S3
  • Costs:   $280 – $360    /   Date and Time   Mon, 4 Dec 2017, 7:00 PM      /      Wed, 6 Dec 2017, 5:00 PM EST
  • Refund Policy: Refunds up to 30 days before event

December 7 –  Day 13 – Thursday



 The Ghomeshi Effect: Meet the Artists

  •  Dec 7, 2017   7:30 pm – 9:30 pm    Academic Hall 132-135 Seraphin-Marion Ottawa
  • The Ghomeshi Effect is a verbatim dance-theatre piece that tackles sexual violence in Canada, particularly how it is handled in the legal system, through an edited series of documented interviews, and uses dance to inform and interrogate the language used in the discussion of sexual violence.
  • Members of the company will perform selections from the show, as well as discuss the history of the production, what they learned from listening to and interpreting real stories of sexual violence, and how they intend to continue this important conversation with future audiences.
  • This event is in collaboration with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.

December 8 –  Day 14 – Friday

December 9 –  Day 15 – Saturday

December 10 –  Day 16 – Sunday

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.