Recognizing Women December 2021

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2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the global marking of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign. While this may not seem like a reason to celebrate, it is a call to action. Women need support more than ever before to live free of violence.  We all have a role to play in calling out and speaking up against gender-based violence.

Nov 25 – Dec 10 -Women’s Rights are Human Rights

Listed below are just some of the many ways to get involved between November 25 and December 10.

  • Start your own campaign on social media, by downloading these visuals prepared for use by the Government of Canada and share them in your publications and news feeds. Encourage your friends and followers to join the conversation. Shareable posts
  • Create your own awareness post
  • Attend a virtual event on November 25 to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
  • Visit the Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre to learn more about gender-based violence and access current statistics, reports, tools and more
  • Observe a moment of silence at 11:00 am to honour the 14 women who lost their lives at Polytechnique Montréal
  • Wear a white ribbon, to honour the victims of the Polytechnique Montréal tragedy, by adding a white ribbon frame to your social media profiles, ordering one online or making one at home

December 1st World Aids Day – Global solidarity, shared responsibility

December 1st is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

Additional Information on World Aids Day

December 2nd Women’s Brain Health Day

Brain-aging disorders that disproportionately affect women. Research support is needed to increase understanding why and to find prevention strategies. Here are several resources that can inform and raise awareness about Women’s Brain health.

Mind Over Matter® is a free and compelling magazine, bringing you insight into the latest research findings to combat brain aging diseases and what you need to stay brain healthy longer.Access the Magazine Here

Brainable™ is an education program geared to students in grades 5 through 8 on the best ways they can protect their brain health and supplements the middle school health and science curriculum. Learn More about the school program here

Stand Ahead® is an annual fundraising campaign for sex-based brain health research that takes place every December 2nd in celebration of Women’s Brain Health Day.


December 3rd International Day of Persons with Disabilities

During the COVID-19 pandemic, isolation, disconnect, disrupted routines and diminished services have greatly impacted the lives and mental well-being of people with disabilities right around the world.

December 6th National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

This is the tragic anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre which has since inspired the global awareness raising movement to combat violence against women.

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

December 10th International Human Rights Day

We mark International Human Rights Day and the writing of the Declaration of Human Rights which establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person.

International Human Rights Day