Women In International Security Canada alongside Steering Committee partners for the 16 Days of Activism Canada was thrilled to host a launch reception to kick off the 16 Days Canada campaign in Ottawa. To really hone in on the issue of violence against women, this year the launch was held at the Well- La Source a drop-in shelter where homeless, refugee and abused women in need can go for assistance, a warm meal and support.

The afternoon began with welcoming remarks by Kim Dube and speeches by WIIS Canada’s CEO Urooj Mian, Nadia Williamson of the UNHCR Canada, Sunny Marriner of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and a keynote delivered by the Status of Women Minister, the Honourable Patricia Hajdu. The afternoon also consisted of poetry performances and a candle lighting ceremony to mark the beginning of the campaign in Canada.

Everyone was out in their best purple attire with over 80 representatives of partners participating in the campaign, government, service provider organizations, survivors of violence and fighters. Overall, with the incredible assistance of our volunteers, the event was a success.

To read our CEO’s speech click here.

Special thank you to:

Tandoori Fusion for providing the wonderful reception.

Sophhimage Photography

The Well – La Source for hosting us.