16 Days of Advocacy Against Gender Based Violence

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Date(s) - Friday, November 25, 2016 - Saturday, December 10, 2016
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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

November 25-December 10

16_days_logo_english16 Days is an international campaign which takes place each year and runs from 25 November ( International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December ( Human Rights Day ). Widely known as the ’16 Days Campaign’, it is used as an organizing strategy by organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

This year the theme for the campaign for the Institute for International Women’s Rights- Manitoba (IIWR-MB) and Manitoba Moon Voices, Inc. (MMVI) is Accelerate Efforts to Eliminate Violence Against Women: Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Women and Girls, Including Indigenous Women and Girls—A Resolution presented by Canada at the UN Human Rights Council and adopted by the Council June 30, 2016


  • Released November 25th – the launch of I Will Not Be Quiet! by Mary Black, and assembled by Michael Yellowwing Konnan. A must see for all who want to see the root causes of what we see today with the MMIWG. Just over a minute long. Share with others.

“I Will Not Be Quiet!”

  • IIWR-MB has written a letter to the Prime Minister, copies to the Minister, Status of Women, and leaders of the Opposition Parties, with recommendations for actions.  See the letter here.
  • Response received from the PM. Response received from Status of Women Canada.
  • IIWR-MB has written a letter to the Premier of Manitoba, copies to the Minister, Status of Women and leaders of the Opposition Parities, with recommendations for actions. See the letter here.
  • IIWR-MB received a letter in response from the Provincial Minister, Status of Women. Read the letter here.
  • IIWR-MB has written a letter to the Mayor for the City of Winnipeg, copies to Cindy Gilroy, City Councillor, with recommendations for actions. See the letter here.
  • IIWR-MB has written a letter to the Winnipeg City Police. See the letter here. 
  • The Winnipeg Police have responded. The response is here.
  • Today, December 6th, we remember the 14 women killed in Montreal’s École Polytechnique. Advocacy Chair for IIWR-MB has written an op-ed, published in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Thanks to all those who came out and attended  “The Path to the Future” – December 8th. Featuring NFB documentary, this river, followed by a panel, and hear Jackie Travers speak – How Art Can Heal.

It was a terrific evening, with the showing of the NFB documentary, this river, (introduced by co producer Erica MacPherson) followed by an engaging panel, with questions posed by the emcee, Shuana Fontaine, and by the audience. Jackie Traverse ended the evening with her story Art as a Healing Tool.


Panel members Zully Trujillo, Erica Daniels, Bernadette Smith, with host Shauna Fontaine.


Chelsea Rae presenting gift to Jackie Traverse


Nancy Cosway, represented IIWR-MB in the planning of the event and Tanis Wheeler, Executive Director, Moon Voices

It was a very active 16 Days, and IIWR-MB was part of getting the message out – we need to do more to eliminate violence against women, and in particular be aware that as a member state of the United Nations and having ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Canada has a duty to actively find methods that can efficiently identify and address the root causes of violence against women, so it can be prevented and eradicated. This effort must also recognize and accept the truth that the legacy of residential schools continues to victimize indigenous women and girls.