16 Days- Events & Campaigns

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Brock Human Rights & Equity, Gender & Sexual Violence Support & Education, the Sexual Violence Prevention Committee, and Student Justice Centre are proud to present a series of events from November 25th to December 10th. They aim to open discussions, expand education, and commemorate the tragedies that these 16 days represent.

Significant Dates

#UN_WOMEN Illustration for the international day for the elimination of violence against women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

This important day is supported by the United Nations, World Health Organization, Council of Europe, and many other international organization. It was created to create awareness surrounding violence against women and girls, “one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today [that] remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.” – UN.org

To view international initiatives, social media resources, and international gender-based violence support, visit the following websites:

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Canada’s national day of commemorating and remembering the Polytechnic massacre in Montreal that occurred on December 6th in 1989. The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is about remembering those who have experienced gender-based violence and those who we have lost to it, and how to take action.

In Canada and around the world, women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+ (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, plus) and gender diverse individuals face unacceptable violence and discrimination. Gender-based violence in Canada has also been magnified and amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been reports from police services, shelters, and local organization of an increase in calls related to gender-based violence across Canada during the pandemic.       – The Government of Canada

Additional websites and information:

International Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document, which proclaims 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. – UN.org

International Human Rights Day information and resources:

Brock Human Rights & Equity, Sexual Violence Prevention Committee, and BUSU Events

Holiday Donation Drive for women’s place

November 25 to December 10

Join us in supporting our community during the holiday season!

We will be hosting a donation drive before this holiday season to support Women’s Place, a local domestic violence shelter. From November 25th to December 10th, stop by TH 128A (GSV Support drop-in) or TH 254 (SJC drop-in space) to drop off a donation!

Hours of operation:

TH 128A

  • Tuesdays 11am-6pm, Wednesdays 1pm-6pm, and Thursdays 11am-7pm

TH 254

  • Mondays 6pm-9pm, and Tuesdays to Thursdays 5pm-9pm

We are accepting any donation items on this list, including:

  • New clothing (sizes infant to teen),
  • Toys for children (such as hatchimals, kinetic sand, or little live pets),
  • Gift cards (to places such as Walmart, Giant Tiger, Shoppers Drug Mart, Best Buy, etc.).

Find more information about the donation drive, visit their website: https://womensplacesn.org/give-help/donate-stuff/ 

Zine-Making Workshop (16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence)

November 30th 5pm to 7pm

Join the Student Justice Centre and Peer to Peer team to make Zines on Wednesday, November 30th from 5-7 pm in Welch Hall Atrium! This Zine-Making workshop space is for students to create zines that are focused on healing (for survivors) and/or commitment to action to fight against violence.

We will provide supplies such as papers, markers, crayons, stickers etc., students and community members to use!

If you have any accessibility concerns, please reach out to us at sjc@brocku.ca.

Click here to register!

Screen Printing Totes, Tees & Crewnecks (16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence)

December 2: 2-5pm

Location: Pond Inlet

Join the Student Justice Centre and Peer to Peer team to Screen Print pre-made designs on Friday, December 2nd from 2-5 pm in Pond Inlet! During this event, students can select up to 2 different designs to screen print on a Tote Bag, T-Shirt and/or Crewneck. All of the screens have been pre-made and designed with affirmations and calls to action related to ending Gender and Sexual Based Violence.

We will provide supplies such as T-Shirts, Tote Bags, Crewnecks and the ink/screens for students and community members to use! Participation is free.

*While Supplies last.

If you have any accessibility concerns/requests, please reach out to us at sjc@brocku.ca.

Anatomy of a Scandal

December 5th 6:00pm to 7:30pm

TH 255

Join us for a film screening of the Fifth’s Estate Anatomy of a Scandal which will talk about the issue of Hockey Canada using $7.6 million dollars from a reserve fund of player registration fees to cover nine sexual assault or abuse claims. Following the screening we will engage in a debrief guided by Sport Management Associate Professor, Dr. Curtis Fogel. 

Mandi Gray
Dr. Robyn Bourgeois
Crystal Mark

Reflections on Five Years of the #metoo movement

December 6: 1:30pm- 3:30pm

Location: Sankey Chambers

On the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Womenjoin Join Brock HRE,  Sexual Violence Prevention Committee and Brock SJC for a panel outlining the systemic, social and legal challenges that survivors of gender-based and sexual violence experience in our communities. A diverse panel of experts will offer their knowledge and experience through an intersectional and trauma informed lens. This will be an interactive panel with student panel of respondents followed by a Q & A.

Register here: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/221384 

Speaker bios

Mandi Gray #MeToo? I’ll Sue! Reflections on Five Years of the #MeToo Movement and Defamation Lawsuits Against Survivors

Bio: Gray received her PhD in October 2021 and her dissertation is titled Cease/Desist or Cease/Resist: Sexual Violence and Civil Suits. Her dissertation has been nominated for two awards (results pending) and she is in the process of translating this research into an academic book. Gray is published in a number of peer reviewed journals and has presented her work at numerous national and international academic conferences. You can view select publications here. Gray also has a feature length documentary film Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial (Directed by Kelly Showker, Hot Docs 2018 Official selection) that highlights her experience with sexual violence and subsequent activism

Dr. Robyn Bourgeois – MeToo: Reflections of a nehiyaw iskwew

Bio:Dr. Robyn Bourgeois (Laughing Otter Caring Woman) is a mixed-race nehiyaw iskwew (Cree woman) whose Cree family comes from Treaty Eight (Lesser Slave Lake) territory. She was born and raised in Syilx and Splats’in territories of British Columbia and is connected through her three children to the Six Nations of the Grand River.

As Vice Provost of Indigenous Engagement Associate Professor in the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies at Brock, where her scholarly work focuses on Indigenous feminisms, violence against Indigenous women and girls, and Indigenous women’s political activism and leadership. In addition to being an academic, Robyn is also as activist, author, and artist.

Crystal Perryman Mark – #MeToo Movement and Cultivating Anti-Oppressive Communities of Care

Community Developer, Anti-Oppression Advocate, Equity Educator and Anti-racist Writer. Crystal Mark’s work concentrates on anti-oppression, equity, diversity and inclusion-focused mindsets. Crystal Mark worked as a VAW Counsellor for over 10 years while delivering feminist centred community education to young women, men and gender fluid peoples. Crystal Mark is currently the Education Consultant for the Office of Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion at Toronto Metropolitan For the past 20 years, she has been committed to radical pedagogical practice that acknowledges the harm and continued impact on Black and Indigenous people through the Transatlantic slave trade and its legacies. Crystal is a writer and poet, by the name of Isis Oya, who loves that moment when learning *clicks* for an audience.

Niagara Community Events

Gillian’s Place Lunch & Learn

Gillian’s Place has invited the Brock community to two education sessions taking place December 6th and December 8th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Zoom.  The Brock Community is invited to attend both free sessions, details below:

Session 1: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

December 6th : 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Learn what 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is, including 16 ways you can help end gender-based violence in your day-to-day life. Since this session is being held on December 6th – The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women – we will learn the significance of this day and hold a moment of silence for the 14 women killed in an act of femicide on December 6, 1989 at École Polytechnique in Montréal. We will conclude by learning about the services Gillian’s Place offers and ways our community can support the work we do.

Register here

Session 2: Gillian’s Place Community Lunch & Learn Session Two

December 8th : 12:00pm to 1:00pm

We will take a journey through Gillian’s Place services by listening to a story based on a real client, demonstrating an example of the ways in which our services support survivors. We will conclude by learning how you can support survivors and make referrals to Gillian’s Place.

Register here