December 6: National Day of Remembrance
& Action on Violence Against Women


Women's shoes displayed to represent missing Aboriginal women

At UTSC, 2015, pairs of women’s shoes were displayed as a representation of over 1,000 missing and murdered Aboriginal women / Photo credit: Ken Jones

Canada’s Parliament declared December 6th the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women, following the murder of 14 female engineering students at l’École Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989.

On this day, the University of Toronto (U of T) commemorates the many ways in which all women experience gender-based violence — from missing and murdered Indigenous women, transgender women, and the broad spectrum of women from vulnerable populations.

Flags on all campuses will be lowered to half-mast.

Remembering victims of the Montreal Massacre: U of T commemorates Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women


2017 Commemorations: St. George Campus


Violence Against Women: It’s a Human Rights Issue AND an Economic Issue – A Conversation During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
with Mary Eberts

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Check-in: 4:15 p.m.
Discussion: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Fleck Atrium (Ground Floor, North Building)
Rotman School of Management
105 St. George Street, Toronto

Mary Eberts, the co-founder of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, Litigation Counsel to the Native Women’s Association of Canada and Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, in conversation with Sarah Kaplan, Professor of Strategic Management and Director of the Institute for Gender & the Economy at Rotman, about gender-based violence as an economic and civil rights issue.

Registration is required for admission. Register online to attend this discussion

 

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

The Great Hall, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle, Toronto

Download the Ceremony Agenda [PDF]Download the Ceremony Agenda [DOCX]

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the University of Toronto commemorates the many ways in which all women experience gender-based violence — from missing and murdered Indigenous women, transgender women, and the broad spectrum of women from vulnerable populations. This event will include lunch, speakers from across the University of Toronto community, facilitated discussions and a ceremony.

Location is wheelchair accessible and ASL interpretation will be provided.Learn more about this event


2017 Commemorations: Mississauga Campus


Stories of Resilience: Fragments of Me Exhibit

Monday, November 27-28, 2017
All day

CCT Atrium (Monday, November 27th)
CCT Atrium & Student Centre Presentation Room (Tuesday, November 28th)

This is an exhibit developed by Peel Committee Against Woman Abuse and being hosted for two days at UTM by the Dec 6th/ 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Planning Committee at UTM. The “Stories of Resilience: Fragments of Me” Exhibit is touring Peel Region during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence from Nov 25th through to Dec 10th with UTM as its first exhibit location. The exhibit will feature anonymous stories from women who have survived gender-based violence and from families who have lost a loved one due to gender-based violence.

 

White Ribbon Campaign and Pledge to Take Action Against Gender-Based Violence

Tuesday, December 5-6, 2017
All day

White Ribbons tied on trees between CCT & IB Buildings
Pledges at key front desks

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. White Ribbon asks men to wear white ribbons as a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Hosted by the Dec 6th/ 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Planning Committee at UTM, white ribbons and information cards will be tied to trees on campus between CCT and IB buildings to raise awareness of gender-based violence and ask people to wear white ribbons as a pledge to take action against gender-based violence. White Ribbons and written pledges will also be available for people to sign at key front desks at UTM.

 

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women: Dec 6th Red Rose Vigil

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
12 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Peace Pole
Bewteen Davis and CCT buildings

Hosted by the Dec 6th/ 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Planning Committee at UTM, a red rose vigil and ceremony to honour women whose lives have been lost to gender-based violence. This event will include speakers from across the UTM community. Light refreshments.


2017 Commemorations: Scarborough Campus


UTSC Campus Police Pancake Breakfast

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Hosted by Campus police as part of the 16 days of activism.

 

Indigenous Film Series: Finding Dawn

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Location: MW130

Sharing circle, feast, big drum, film and panel to discuss film Finding Dawn. Finding Dawn illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women in this country. It goes further to present the ultimate message that stopping the violence is everyone’s responsibility.

Learn more about this event

 

Women’s Writing Circle

Thursday, November 30, 2017
2 – 3:30 p.m.

Location: SL232

Hosted by SCSU and the Women and Trans Centre. Women’s writing circle is a space where women and trans folk can join and honour creativity.

 

Film Screening: Paris is Burning

Thursday, November 30, 2017
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Location: Ralph Campbell Lounge

Hosted by SCSU and the Women and Trans Centre. Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it.

 

 

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women Ceremony

Friday, December 1, 2017
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Meeting Place

Ceremony to honour women whose lives have been lost to gender-based violence, with a focus on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and partnered with the Red Feather Project. This event will include speakers from across the UTSC community.

 

 

Women’s Writing Circle

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Catalyst Centre

This event is open to faculty and staff who identify as women/female.  The session will be facilitated by Nancy Johnston, Sarah King and Shehna Javeed, with a focus on honouring the National Day of Remembrance & Actions on Violence Against Women. A catered lunch and writing pads and pens will be provided.