From November 25 to December 10, ETFO is participating in the 16 Days of Action, a global campaign to raise awareness about gender-based violence. By sharing messages and images posted on @ETFOeducators social media accounts (Twitter |
Facebook) you can add your voice to this important conversation. Speak out, reflect and act to end violence against women and girls. As teachers, parents, and community members our actions matter – let’s work together to change behaviours and attitudes to end violence.
November 25th marks the start of two anti-violence campaigns:
From November 25 to December 10, ETFO is participating in the 16 Days of Action, a global campaign to raise awareness about gender-based violence. By sharing messages and images posted on @ETFOeducators social media accounts (a few are shown below) you can add your voice to this important conversation. Speak out, reflect and act to end violence against women and girls.
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This campaign links violence against women and human rights, emphasizing that all forms of violence, whether perpetrated in the public or private sphere, are a violation of human rights. November 25 is International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10 is International Human Rights Day. The 16-day period also includes December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. More information is available from www.cwgl.rutgers.edu.
This campaign provides an opportunity for boys and men to work together to end violence against women. Education and Action kits are available from the White Ribbon Campaign.
On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 young women were killed at the École Polytechnique in Montreal in what has become known as the Montreal Massacre. Their tragic deaths remind us of the frightening reality that dozens of women die violently every year in this country. This day has been declared a national day of mourning and action.
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We realize that the murder of these women was not an isolated act. Along with violence against women in homes, workplaces, and the street, this tragedy is yet another manifestation of the devaluing and blaming of women which is embedded in our society and internalized in individuals.
Violence is a chosen response. Society must become more serious about ending violence against women and children. Our institutions must work and achieve equality including equal power between men and women.
Violence against women and children makes the news almost every day. This opens up countless opportunities to get past the headlines and help your students examine the:
Between 2006 and 2008, ETFO members developed a collection of resources called Roots of Equality. Partially funded by the Ontario Women’s Directorate, the resources are designed to help educators foster students’ healthy, equal relationships and raise awareness of violence against women. Roots of Equality resources are available for
download from this website.
This program, started in 2007-2008, is funded by the Ontario Women’s Directorate. Two-day regional workshops prepare members to facilitate local workshops, focused on the effects of violence against women on children. Contact Alice Te at
firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information, or go to www.curriculum.org/womanabuse for downloadable resources.
The best source for general information about violence against women is Springtide Resources, a Toronto-based organization whose mission is to inform and educate the community about the issue of wife assault/woman abuse in order to decrease the incidence of physical, psychological, emotional, and sexual violence against women and the effect that woman abuse has on children. Materials are available from their website, or you can order their publications online, by phone, or mail.
Springtide ResourcesSuite 220, 215 Spadina AvenueToronto, ON, Canada M5T 2C7Phone: (416) 968-3422TTY: (416) 968-7335Fax: (416) 968-2026Website:
As long as racial taunts and sexist comments continue to exist in our classrooms, violence in schools will continue. As long as the media (including movies, music, video games, and advertisements) portray a litany of violent acts, violence will continue. As long as children grow up in abusive homes and witness abuse, violence will continue.
Solutions to ending violence must be collaborative in nature and holistic in scope. That means classroom teachers, schools, local boards, and the community itself must work together to change a lifetime of learning violence.
Local Status of Women Committees can do their part by forming partnerships with community groups, increasing awareness within the school community, and implementing anti-violence initiatives. Here are some suggestions:
What suggestions do you have? Let us know by emailing Alice Te at
Women in Crisis is an ETFO Women’s Program that provides donations to existing women’s crisis centres and start-up grants to newly established women’s crisis centres. Locals are encouraged to make a matching donation in money or in-kind services. Contact your local Status of Women Chairperson or president. You can locate women’s shelters at www.shelternet.ca [removed link on April 30, 2012].
Here are some ideas for providing financial assistance and in-kind services for shelters in your area:
Children from shelters attend the schools in their neighbourhoods. This offers another opportunity to provide non-monetary support to women’s shelters. Find out what the arrangement is between the district school board and the women’s shelter. If no protocol exists, work with the district school board and the shelter to develop one.
How have you helped women's shelters in your area? Let us know by emailing Alice Te at
Adapted from materials developed by the December 6th Coalition in Waterloo.
Do you have suggestions for other classroom activities? Let us know by emailing Alice Te at