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Human Rights Day: Churchill Secondary students record their thoughts on 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

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Today is Human Rights Day, a day to acknowledge the importance of human rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, national or social origin, birth or other status. According to the United Nations, Human Rights Day is about creating equal opportunities for all and rebuilding a world that is more resilient, just and sustainable.

The day also marks the end of the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

Students from Churchill Secondary share a bulletin board full of anti-Asian racism statistics in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic and a video about the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence:

Written by Churchill Secondary’s Youth Feminist Association

Our club felt that it was important to film a collective video discussing our thoughts on the importance of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (November 25 to December 10) because of their continued and historical relevance. And with the current restrictions in place, violence against women has grown even more rampant due to the fact that many women and girls are deprived of the economic resources they need to escape their respective situations and are often trapped at home with their abusers.

Sadly, domestic violence and abuse is even more common amongst women of colour, trans and non-binary people, women with disabilities and other diverse populations.

Therefore, it is imperative that we acknowledge the immensity of this issue so that we may begin to take the steps necessary in order to eventually eradicate violence against women for good.

Watch the video:

To learn more about Human Rights Day, visit:

https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day

To learn more about the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, visit:

https://cfc-swc.gc.ca/commemoration/vaw-vff/index-en.html

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