The members of our 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign Steering Committee 2014 are...:

Urooj Mian, WIIS-Canada

WIIS-Canada is a proactive network of both men and women dedicated to expanding the leadership of women in the peace and security sector, while working together to Connect, Collaborate and Create change on related issues and efforts. WIIS-Canada members are researchers, practitioners, and policymakers at all stages of their careers in the international security sector.


Nadia Williamson, UNHCR Canada 

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.


Mercy Lawluvi, IWSO

Immigrant Women Services Ottawa is a non-profit multi-service agency providing services to immigrant and refugee women, many of whom are newcomers and/or survivors of violence. IWSO provides the support and tools to immigrant and racialized women and their families to achieve their full potential as members of the Canadian society and participate in the elimination of all forms of violence against women and children.

IWSO has been in existence since 1988 and has grown to become one of the leading agencies providing services to immigrant and racialized women and their children in Ottawa. On average, IWSO serves over 3000 women yearly.


Yamikani Msosa, SASC Ottawa

The Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) of Ottawa is a registered charity and community-based organization that was established in 1983. Their purpose is to provide survivor-directed support services by women, to women, that have experienced sexual violence which could include childhood sexual abuse, adult sexual assault, sexual harassment, etc. They offer essential services to women in the Ottawa region.


Erin Leigh, OCTEVAW

The Ottawa Coalition To End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) is an incorporated, non-profit, non-partisan organization composed of a network of member organizations and individuals located within the City of Ottawa and surrounding regions. Members include women abuse and rape crisis agencies, victim services, child protection services, hospital and police representatives, the crown, probation and parole, health and counselling services, academic researchers and other concerned community members.