#CEIU16Days Of Activism

Why is it urgent for everyone to address gender-based violence?


Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.


Violence against women costs Canadians $7.4 billion to deal with the aftermath of spousal violence alone.


Children who witness violence in the home have twice the rate of psychiatric disorders as children from non-violent homes.


Each December 6th, The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, we come together to commemorate this national tragedy that happened over 30 years ago at École Polytechnique de Montréal. We also reflect on the troubling fact that gender-based violence continues to be a daily reality.


Gender-based violence rates were already at an all-time high, statistics have proven that COVID 19 has led to a dramatic increase.


We recognize that rates of violence are disproportionately higher when it comes to women of color, Indigenous women and girls, women with disabilities and women from LGBT2Q + communities.


This violence often has impacts on their physical, sexual and reproductive health. They may experience mental health issues and a reduced ability to participate in social and economic activities, leaving gaps in our workplaces and in our communities. 


The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women takes place on December 6 which falls within November 25 and December 10, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Now, more than ever we call on you to participate in our #CEIU16Daysof action. Gender-Based Violence impacts everyone and we all have a role to play in fighting against Gender-Based Violence and taking meaningful action to ensure that tragedies that happen daily, tragedies like l'École Polytechnique de Montréal never happen again.


It is through our activism that we are able to demand action from the government and we must continue to organize to put an end to gender-based violence.


While this is a time for remembering the lives lost to violence, it is also a time to act.


Please share this message widely, visit our website https://www.ceiu-seic.ca/16days  and encourage everyone to take action to stop gender-based violence against women.


In Solidarity

The CEIU National Women’s Committee



It is now over 30 years since the tragedy that killed 14 women on December 6, 1989 at École Polytechnique in Montréal.

We are currently living through a “Pandemic within a Pandemic”: Gender-Based Violence - Covid-19 has left many victims of intimate partner violence trapped with their abusers.

This year, for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the CEIU National Women’s Committee challenges you to take part in the 16 days of remembrance and activism. There is still so much work to do!

Join us on November 25, participate and share these important actions on social media.

Day one: Watch the film Polytechnique

Day two: Learn and share hand signals for help 

Day three: Check in with someone who may be experiencing gender-based violence

Day Four: We need mandatory sexual assault sensitivity training for judges. Take Action Here!

Day Five: Speak out and challenge sexist, racist and other problematic language when you hear it

Day Six: Support organizations related to gender-based violence

Day Seven: Educate yourself and others what it means to give consent (watch this three-minute video)

Day Eight: Promote www.timeforchildcare.cato ensure economic stability for women

Day Nine: Lobby your political representative about strengthening gun control

Day Ten: Work to ensure diverse voices are included wherever decisions are being made

Day Eleven: Ask for domestic violence training in your workplace from your CEIU Regional Women’s Committee

Day Twelve: Attend a virtual vigil for The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Day Thirteen: Lobby your political representative for increased funding for women’s organizations. If you can donate to a Women’s Shelter.

Day Fourteen: Talk to your coworkers about gender-based violence

Day Fifteen: Be an ally

Day Sixteen: Read the report: A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada: MAKING THE ECONOMY WORK FOR EVERYONE

Add your voice to this campaign - Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada