Take Action!

16 actions to end violence against women and prevent femicide 

  1. Attend a Wrapped in Courage flag raising in your community on November 25th, the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women: Flag Locations.
  2. Wear a purple scarf this November as a signal of your support of GBV survivors and the agencies that provide them with vital support.
  3. Reflect on one statement within the 2021 Wrapped in Courage Proclamation and learn more.
  4. Use the Wrapped in Courage social media frame during Woman Abuse Prevention Month this November.
  5. Post the “Wrapped in Courage” flag graphic on your social media pages with the hashtag #WrappedinCourage and a statement about your commitment to end gender-based violence. 
  6. Make an in-kind donation to your local VAW shelter.
  7. Read ONWA’s report on reconciliation with Indigenous women and explore your own roles in addressing ongoing systemic racism and colonial violence. https://www.onwa.ca/reports
  8. Contact your local MPP by phone or email and help bring awareness to the issue of gender-based violence within your community- https://www.ola.org/en/members/current/contact-information.
  9. Check with your local media if they are aware of and committed to implementing OAITH’s Femicide Reporting Recommendations-https://www.oaith.ca/assets/library/OAITH-Femicide-Reporting-Recommendations.
  10. Take the White Ribbon Pledge to show your commitment towards ending gender-based violence: www.whiteribbon.ca/pledge.html
  11. Challenge harmful stereotypes and myths that perpetuate gender inequality and put women, girls and gender-diverse individuals at an increased risk for violence by engaging in educational discussion with family, peers and coworkers. 
  12. Attend your local shelter’s December 6th vigil to honour the 14 women who were murdered at L’ École Polytechnique in Montreal, because they were women.
  13. Get involved by volunteering at your local VAW shelter- find the one closest to you via: www.sheltersafe.ca
  14. Take some training to learn what to say, what not to say, and how to safely support a friend or family member who may be experiencing gender-based violence. Contacting your local gender-based violence service via sheltersafe.ca and checking out the Neighbours, Friends and Families program is a great start! https://bit.ly/NFFtips
  15. Volunteer as a Safe Pet foster home to provide a safe home for companion animals and pets of survivors of gender-based violence to ensure the safety of their pet does not act as a barrier to escaping violence. https://safepet.ca/
  16. Learn about consent and sexual violence rates in Ontario  and get involved to support your local sexual assault centre (find your closest one via sexualassaultsupport.ca/)