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Status of Women Dates, Advocacy and Actions

The provincial Status of Women Committee has developed an action plan that aligns with our collective agreement. Please find the template here.

16 Days of Action (Ending Violence Against Women)

The 16 days of action is an international campaign that starts on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and finishes December 10, United Nations Human Rights Day. The We Can coalition sponsors 16 days of activism and the BCTF signed on as a partner in 2007.

BCTF Social Justice contacts are encouraged to participate in the 16 Days of Action Campaign.

Rutgers 16 Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence Campaign: Scroll down to the bottom the webpage for the Take Action Toolkit.

Child care

Many countries and the province of Quebec have effective day care programs. There is a need for such a program in Canada. Go to CCCABC for more information.

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

December 6 is a national day of remembrance in Canada, reflecting the anniversary of the massacre of female students at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989.

2016 BCTF statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Domestic violence


Gender Equality

Human trafficking

A 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report indicates that Canada is both a source and destination country for trafficking. For further information on human trafficking in Canada see the RCMP Trafficking in Canada Report.

Resources here:

International Day of the Girl: October 11

International Women’s Day

Begun in 1911, March 8 is International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s achievements—social, cultural, legal, economic, and beyond.

Commemorate International Women’s Day by having your students research its origins and history: “100 Years of Women’s Struggle,” published by Ireland’s Services Industrial Professional Technical Union (SIPTU), includes profiles of leaders, events, and explanations of the issues women faced over 100 years ago.

Legal aid cuts

As a result of the most recent legal aid cuts, women are losing custody of children, unable to access support enforcement, and being subjected to legal harassment. Because the cuts target family and poverty law, women are the primary targets of these cuts. Read more in the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ report Legal Aid Denied. Check out the timeline of legal aid cuts here.

Moose Hide Campaign

The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men taking a stand against violence against women and children. Participants wear a moose hide badge to signify their commitment to protect the women and children in their life and to work together to end violence. Visit the website for more information on how to support or join the campaign and participate in the Ten Men Challenge.

Mother Earth Day

A healthy, peaceful planet is the foundation for gender equity. Climate change and sustainability issues are inexorably interwoven into women’s lives through their many roles in the family and community. Visit the Women’s Environment and Development Organization website for information about this UN and other climate change events.

Pay equity

Persons Day: October 18

White Ribbon Campaign

This campaign is organized by men working to end men's violence against women.

Women's History Month: October 

Women’s Human Rights

Amnesty International regularly documents a range of violations of women’s human rights through reports, news releases, public statements, and letter writing actions. Join Amnesty and take action.

Women’s Memorial March 

The Women’s Memorial March is an annual event held on Valentine's Day that originated in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, to call attention to missing and murdered women in the district.

CEDAW Report on Violence Against Aboriginal Women Released

Honouring Our Sisters 

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