Today is UN Human Rights Day, and the last day of the 16 Days of Action to end Violence Against Women. Be sure to tweet @wrappdincourage today, and in case you missed it, here is what we were talking about these last 16 days:
1. Violence Against Aboriginal Women
Support the petition for a national inquiry into the almost 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada.
Hold men who abuse women accountable.
3. Unity Across Canada for Abused Women
Support the call for a National Action Plan on #VAW in Canada. https://endvaw.ca
4. Accessible Legal Supports
Cuts to Legal Aid in Ontario hurt abused women. http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/default.asp
5. Support for Victims of Sexual Violence
Take action against sexual violence today- where would you draw the line? #WDTL
6. Access to Emergency Services
Emergency services support #VAW survivors with immediate support & safety @AWHL @femaide_Est
7. Improved Training for legal, health, employment services
All frontline workers play a vital role in addressing #vaw – routine frontline training needed.
8. Enough Resources to support women.
#Canada – est. economic cost of woman abuse is $4.7 billion/yr http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/cj-jp/fv-vf/rr12_7/p4.html#sec41 invest in prevention today!
9. National Data Base
Shelter Network calls on Cdn Federal government to develop Nat’l Action Plan on #VAW @endvawnetwork
10. Gender Equity
Invest in Gender Equity to tackle root causes of #VAW
11. Women’s Economic Empowerment
On average, women in Canada earn 68c on a man’s $1- financial inequality is a factor in perpetuating #VAW #payequity http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/canadas-pay-gap
12.Public Awareness/Education Campaigns
A woman is murdered by her husband or boyfriend every 6 days in Canada #reasontotakeaction #endvaw @canadianwomensfoundation
13.Engage the Media
Redefining masculinity, especially as it’s defined through popular media, is crucial to ending violence against women #maleally
14.Engage Youth in the Solutions
Educated girls are a threat to the status quo-support, encourage and mentor a young woman changemaker # MalalaYousafzai #endvaw
15.Engage male youth and leaders to take action
The tension remains: the vast majority of men are not violent, however, the vast majority of violence is perpetrated by men- be an ally today! #MaleAlly
16.Donate to or volunteer at your local Shelter
Thank you to everyone who has participated in the 16 days of action, whether that has been starting discussions, wearing your purple scarf or even tweeting about violence against women. Every action helps!