16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Trigger warning:
The following contains content about intimate partner violence, sexual assault, femicide and gender-based violence.

November 25 to December 10 marks the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an annual international campaign that calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. 

The 16 days include observing:

We need to work together to eliminate gender-based violence in our communities. 


Is your Relationship healthy


This year, we have created a resource to help you identify the signs of an unhealthy or abusive relationship, and a guide to safety.

Guide: Is Your Relationship Healthy? Identifying the Signs of Abuse.

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Healthy signs in relationships
Warning Signs in Relationships
Danger signs in relationships
The Facts on Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence disproportionately impacts Indigenous women and girls, LGBTQ2S+ people and women living with disabilities. Children who witness abuse also experience long-term, intergenerational effects.

A woman or girl is killed every other day in Canada because of their gender.

Source: #CallItFemicide, Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability, 2020

39% of women in Canada have been physically or sexually assaulted since the age of 15.

Source: Gender-based violence and unwanted sexual behaviour in Canada. Statistics Canada, 2019

Our Advocacy

YWCA Metro Vancouver is working towards a future that is free from gender-based violence.  

Read about our work