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Status of Women Dates, Advocacy, and Actions

October: Women's History Month 

October 4: Sisters in Spirit Day

On this day, we honour the memories of the over 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Red dress displays, vigils, and other events are held across the country.

October 11: International Day of the Girl 

October 18: Persons Day

November 25–December 6: 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. 

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

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.

February 14: 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.

February 24, 2020: Moose Hide Campaign Day

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.

March 8: 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.  

March 31, 2020: Equal Pay Day

April 22: International 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.

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