For many of us who work in women serving organizations, the month of November is dominated by the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. As the stats and stories now confirm, while the world continues to battle to hold Covid-19 at bay, 243 Million Women are experiencing domestic violence and are losing their personal fight for peace and security in their homes.
Other important awareness days to mark this month.
November 11 is Remembrance Day – We are closed.
November 20 is The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR)
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was founded by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor her memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Participate in TDOR by attending or organizing a vigil on November 20 to honor all those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence that year.
November 22-28 is National Addictions Awareness Week
National Addictions Awareness Week highlights solutions to help address harms related to alcohol and other drugs. It provides an opportunity for people in Canada to learn more about prevention, to talk about treatment and recovery, and to bring forward solutions for change. Substance use is a complex, far-reaching and consequential issue; it takes a wide range of perspectives and collective efforts to shape a brighter future for people who use substances. That’s why this year’s theme is Drive Change Together.
16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence runs November 25 to December 10
Beginning November 25 on the International End Violence against Women Day and lasting through December 10 which is International Human Rights Day, Women Centres Connect will join the international community for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Please read our additional posts and information on the 16 Days of Activism.