Toronto – November 11, 2017 – On December 17, 1999, the United Nations declared November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This annual day of observance calls on citizens and activists to act against the global and endemic nature of violence against women and girls. Violence against women is a human rights violation. It stems from discrimination and impedes progress and growth at every level of society. It physically and emotionally wounds women and girls, as well as families and communities. And it extends across race, class, socio-economic status, gender identity, and religion.
Representing over 250,000 members across Canada, more than half of whom are women, UFCW Canada continues to advance health, safety, and protections against violence at UFCW-represented workplaces. We also support the work of organizations that focus on supporting women and girls who experience violence, and work to eliminate the systemic nature of gender-based violence.
This year, we encourage you to follow UFCW Canada on Facebook, Twitter, and our ufcw.ca website to learn more about how we can work together to eliminate violence against women. The 16 days of Activism to End Gender-based Violence campaign will be featured on the UFCW Canada Facebook page from November 25 (The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) until December 10 (International Human Rights Day).
Each day will feature a message regarding a Violence Against Women issue – packed with information that is activism-focused.
For more information about the work of UFCW Canada’s Women and Gender Equity Committee, check out www.ufcw.ca/women.