16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

A number of groups across campus are working together to highlight the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an annual international campaign. The 16 Days begin on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and concludes on December 10, Human Rights Day.

King’s activities will include social media campaigns from Residence and Campus Life, the SJPS Club, KUCSC, and members of various SJPS classes. The campaign will address a range of gender-based issues and populations including girls and women (cisgender), 2SLBGTQIA, the homeless, sex workers, migrants and refugees, indigenous, disabilities, health care, and intersectionalities. We want to approach the issue of gender-based violence with a broad and inclusive lens.
In addition to the social media aspect of the campaign, on December 6, a public display outside the Student Life Center will commemorate the deaths of the 14 women killed, and the 10 women and 4 men injured at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on this day in 1989. These female students were singled out and killed by a gunman who claimed he was “fighting feminism”. This event was the deadliest mass shooting in Canada until 2020.

All members of the King’s community are invited to contribute art and writing to a zine being developed and distributed at the end of the campaign. Contributions can be sent to ZineGBV@gmail.com The zine will be available online and in printed form across campus.

ANOVA and Changing Ways, two community partners working in the area of gender-based sexual violence, will be on site to provide information and to dialogue with students about the issues of GBSV.

What is Gender-Based and Sexual Violence?

Gender-Based and Sexual Violence is defined as:

Any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity and gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person’s Consent, and includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking,
indecent exposure, voyeurism, cyber harassment and sexual exploitation.

King's Sexual Violence Policy

Sexual Violence Procedures