Former co-vice president Liz Bossio of the local chapter of Canadian Federation of University Women and current co-vice president Stephanie Myers at the Selkirk Bursary Tea in 2018. Photo: Submitted
Former co-vice president Liz Bossio of the local chapter of Canadian Federation of University Women and current co-vice president Stephanie Myers at the Selkirk Bursary Tea in 2018. Photo: Submitted

Former co-vice president Liz Bossio of the local chapter of Canadian Federation of University Women and current co-vice president Stephanie Myers at the Selkirk Bursary Tea in 2018. Photo: Submitted Former co-vice president Liz Bossio of the local chapter of Canadian Federation of University Women and current co-vice president Stephanie Myers at the Selkirk Bursary Tea in 2018. Photo: Submitted

Rally against gender-based violence with upcoming Nelson events

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign runs to Dec. 10

Submitted by Canadian Federation of University Women Nelson and District

The Canadian Federation of University Women Nelson and District (CFUW) invites you to participate in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence this November and December.

The event is an annual international campaign that kicks off on Nov. 25 (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), and runs until Dec. 10 (Human Rights Day).

Locally the CFUW is creating awareness and sharing information on how people can get involved and participate in events to support this initiative. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

There is still a pressing need for this campaign to continue as the rates of gender-based violence again women are still staggering. Every six days a woman is killed in Canada by her intimate partner, according to a 2019 Statistics Canada report. For Indigenous women the rates are much higher: 59 per cent of First Nations women, 64 per cent of Metis women and 44 per cent of Inuit women suffered from psychological, physical or sexual intimate partner violence.

The global theme for this year’s campaign is Orange The World: End Violence Against Women Now!

On Dec. 6, CFUW will be participating in the local Violence Against Women In Relationships (VAWIR) virtual event to mark the anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre also known as the Montreal massacre. This was an anti-feminist mass shooting in Montreal at an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal. Fourteen women were murdered.

CFUW will be highlighting other events and activities for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence on their Facebook page.

CFUW Nelson and District is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization. Since it was founded in 1919 (1967 in Nelson), CFUW has been working to improve the status of women, and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace.

The group meets once a month to enjoy companionship, hear local speakers and discuss advocacy. All self- identified women are invited to come to a meeting and see if this organization is for you. Reach out on Facebook, or email nelsoncfuw@gmail.com for the meeting schedule.