Women's Place Resources Centre: 16 Days of Activism
"The 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign that commences on the 25th of November, and ends on December 10th each year. It is a time for strategies by individuals, institutions, and organizations to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
With the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has escalated. There has been an alarming increase in multiple forms of violence against women and girls, fueled by economic and food insecurity and confined living conditions due to lockdown and isolation. There are reported increases in sexual abuse and harassment both online and offline. Mental health has been influenced by increased risks of problematic coping behaviours, including family violence and conflict.
The socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is running the risk of reversing decades of progress in the fight against poverty while increasing the already high levels of inequality in humanity.
Although we are facing these realities, it does not mean we should become complacent and not address the issue. It just means it is more important than ever to use our voices and actions to show that ending violence against women and girls is not on pause!!! Together, our individual actions can help encourage victims to speak out, support survivors as they heal, and build a society that is respectful of women and girls.
For each day of the 16 Days of activism the Women’s Place Resource Centre will post a short paragraph dealing with something we as community can do to show our support in eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls."