International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women - November 25
On November 25, 2022, you are encouraged to wear the colour orange. The color orange is used to represent a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls.
The 2022 theme is UNITE! Activism to End Violence against Women & Girls.
WHEREAS violence continues to be the greatest gender inequality rights issue for women, girls and gender-diverse individuals; and
WHEREAS November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month; and
WHEREAS Femicide rates are on the rise in Ontario, with over 40 femicides between November 2021- November 2022; and
WHEREAS Our community is committed to ending femicide and all forms of gender-based violence; and
WHEREAS Black, Indigenous, South Asian and South East Asian women and girls continue to experience high rates of violence, including femicide and were overrepresented within the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses’ 2020-2021 Annual Femicide List; and
WHEREAS the COVID-19 pandemic has increased barriers to support and services for survivors of gender-based violence and their children; and
WHEREAS last year in Ontario, on average every 8 days a woman or child was killed by a man known to them; and
WHEREAS this month and throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we acknowledge our community’s support of the Wrapped in Courage campaign and commitment to ending gender-based violence; and
WHEREAS on November 25th, The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the 10th Anniversary of the Wrapped in Courage campaign across Ontario, a Wrapped in Courage 2022 Campaign flag will be raised in recognition that the courage of a woman alone is not enough, it takes an entire community to end gender-based violence; and
Now, therefore, November 25th, 2022 shall be known as “The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” and urge all citizens to recognize this day by taking action to support survivors of gender-based violence and becoming part of Ontario wide efforts to end gender-based violence.