Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence

UN Women Executive Director kicks off 16 Days of Activism in Ottawa

Date: Monday, November 26, 2018

Ottawa, Canada is the first stop for Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka from 26 – 27 November, during her travels to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence this week.

UN Women is partnering with student associations from The University of Ottawa and Carleton University, as well as members of the Senate of Canada to organize an intergenerational dialogue on mobilizing to end violence against young women on university campuses and beyond.

Building on the momentum of global movements and grassroots campaigns to end violence against women, the UN theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) under the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign is, Orange the World: #HearMeToo.

#HearMeToo aims to bring to the forefront the voices of women and girls who have survived violence, who are defending women’s rights every day and taking action, many of them very far away from the limelight or media headlines.

In Canada, UN Women and youth advocates will invite other gender equality advocates from all walks of life—youth, indigenous peoples, LGBTI, academia, parliamentarians, and others—to engage in an action-oriented discussion on the need for inclusive policies and programming for preventing and ending violence against women and girls. During the event, the Executive Director will be presenting UN Women’s newly launched guidelines to address campus violence.

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka will be also participating in a round-table organized by the South Africa High Commissioner to Canada and members of the Canadian Senate, to launch the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Parliament Hill, Ottawa. The round-table will be followed by a reception with Members of the Parliament of Canada.

Highlights

Gender equality advocates from all walks of life—youth, indigenous peoples, LGBTI, academia, parliamentarians, and others—discuss the need for inclusive policies and programming for preventing and ending violence against women and girls. Photo: Christine Jean-Baptiste.
Gender equality advocates from all walks of life—youth, indigenous peoples, LGBTI, academia, parliamentarians, and others—discuss the need for inclusive policies and programming for preventing and ending violence against women and girls. Photo: Christine Jean-Baptiste.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka kicked off the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence by participating in an intergenerational dialogue in Ottawa Canada, organised by UN Women and student associations from The University of Ottawa and Carleton University. During the discussion, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka presented UN Women's newly released guidelines to address campus violence

The round-table discussion went orange to launch the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence in Ottawa. Photo: Christine Jean-Baptiste.
The round-table discussion went orange to launch the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence in Ottawa. Photo: Christine Jean-Baptiste.

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka also participated in a round-table discussion to launch the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Parliament Hill, Ottawa, organized by the the South Africa High Commissioner to Canada and members of the Canadian Senate.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka participates in a round-table discussion. Photo: Christine Jean-Baptiste.
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka participates in a round-table discussion. Photo: Christine Jean-Baptiste.