Campus groups condemn gender violence with 16 days of activism

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

GUELPH - The Violence Action Group will present events over the 16 days between November 25th, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, and December 10th, International Human Rights Day.

"VAG collaborators have come together, each bringing their own skills, experiences and expertise, with the aim of addressing all forms of violence on our campus and in our community," said Lisa Byers, Womens Council Representative for CUPE 3913. "We hope the message is heard and that we make people think about this issue."

Kicking off the campaign on Thursday, November 25th is an event called Fight Gender Violence: Send a Message taking place in the University Centre Courtyard. This will be an opportunity to make your voice heard in the fight against gender violence. There will also be a vigil to mark the day.

People are also encouraged to attend a related event presented by the Central Student Association Human Rights Office entitled "Months, Weeks, Days: Thinking Beyond Official Celebrations,î taking place at 7pm, at the Norfolk United Church.

"This comes from feeling sick of being boxed into one day," said Jenn Watt of the Central Student Association. "It doesn't give space to those who want to fight violence in other ways, like through direct action or creative expression. This encapsulates different techniques of combatting violence in our community."

Other events include a social action theatre presentation, which addresses sexual assault, performed by The Wellness EducationTraining Troupe (WETT), special programming by the Womens Radio Collective at CFRU 93.3 FM, film screenings and more. A series of vigils hosted by Amnesty International, Women in Science and Engineering, the AIDS Committee of Guelph and Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis will be held across the two weeks.

A series of child-friendly events will be presented as part of the campaign, including a tea at the Women's Resource Centre, and an evening of women speakers, poets, writers, and artists at the Bullring. Rounding out the 16 days of activism, the Aboriginal Students Association will host a potluck and evening of spoken word.

The group is made up of members of Amnesty International, CSA Human Rights Office, CSA Food Bank, Womens Radio Collective, Aboriginal Students Association, Womens Resource Centre, Central Student Association, CUPE 3913, the Wellness Centre - S.A.F.E. program & WETT, Safewalk, Women in Sciences and Engineering and CFRU 93.3FM.

For a complete schedule of events, please contact:
Jen Watt, Central Student Association, 824-4120, x56742
Lisa Byers, CUPE Local 3913, 824-4120, x56268


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