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16 Days of Activism to End Gender-based Violence

November 25 - December 10


Violence against women and girls continues to be a major global, national and local issue. "16 Days of Activism to End Gender-based Violence" begins November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends December 10, International Human Rights Day, symbolically linking violence against women with human rights. The Campaign calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women with the aim of raising awareness and solutions and strengthening victim, organizational and government support. Over 5,167 organizations in approximately 187 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign since 1991.


The Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo is participating in the "16 Days Campaign" by featuring daily quotes on our Facebook page that are pertinent to the campaign. You can also see last year's videos of 16 Zontians from our club speaking from their hearts about this problem, hoping to make a difference. The videos are available on our YouTube Channel.

Facts about violence against women and girls in Canada 


  • In just one year in Canada, 427,000 women over age 15 reported they had been sexually assaulted, and half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since age 16.

  • Each year, over 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence.

  • On any given day in Canada, more than 3,000 women (and their 2,500 children) are living in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence.

  • 80% of sex trafficking victims in Canada are women and girls.

  • 61% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.

  • More than one in ten Canadian women say they have been stalked by someone in a way that made them fear for their life.

  • Every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.

  • As of 2010, there were 582 known cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Amnesty International and the United Nations have called upon the Canadian government to take action - without success.