Series of Brock events to address gender-based violence

Brock is participating in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence with a series of events to encourage positive change.

The international campaign runs annually from Nov. 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to Dec. 10 (World Human Rights Day). Notably, Dec. 6 is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in honour of the 14 women who were killed at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989.

Throughout the week, Brock’s Office of Gender and Sexual Violence Support and Education (GSV), through Brock’s Office of Human Rights and Equity (HRE), will bring awareness to the campaign via social media, while also providing resources and tools to help end gender-based violence. GSV will additionally host three educational events to recognize the campaign.

On Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the Brock community is invited to a virtual discussion led by artist Vivek Shrya. “Vivek Shrya in Conversation: What I’ve Learnt as an Artist and Activist in 10 Years,” will feature Shrya reflecting on her experiences as a multidisciplinary trans, queer artist of colour. She will be doing a live reading of her book, God Loves Hair, as well as leading a Q&A session.

Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Director of Advocacy and Communications, YWCA Toronto, and Robert Nonomura, Research Associate with the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, will lead a second virtual discussion on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. “Gender and Sexual Violence in a Pandemic” will focus on gender-based violence in the realm of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are encouraged to submit questions ahead of the discussion here.

To round out the week, HRE, GSV and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies have teamed up to host 2020 Throwback Trivia on Friday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Join in the virtual trivia game to re-live the year, with a chance to win a $75 Visa gift card. This event is open exclusively to Brock students, staff and faculty. Register on ExperienceBU.

For more information on Brock’s participation in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, visit the HRE website.

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