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Community Activism

International Women's Day

International Women's Day is March 8 each year.  Women's and Gender Studies posts on campus and community events on our page.  If you have an event for IWD, please contact us with the details at

Take Back the Night

Windsor's Take Back the Night Group

From their website:  The Windsor- Essex County Take Back The Night Coordinating Committee is comprised of representatives from local community agencies working collaboratively to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of violence against women. Together we meet throughout the year to plan the annual rally and march, hold fundraisers, put on a movie night to create awareness, and actively engage the community in an arts project that is utilized the night of the march creating a wonderful opportunity to do outreach and further raise awareness. Take Back The Night is an international event that helps raise awareness and to fight against violence against women and children. The event acknowledges all forms of gendered violence against women and children and is hosted annually in Windsor. This year will be our 23rd annual march on September 19, 2015. We want survivors to feel empowered in the healing process and inspire responsibility in all. Every year we hit the streets with a march and a rally to raise awareness of issues around gender-based violence and to call our community into action.

Sisters in Spirit

NWAC Sisters in Spirit

From their website:  October 4th is a day where we honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. The violence experienced by Aboriginal women and girls in Canada is a national tragedy. We must take the time to give thanks to the families who are our reason we all continue to demand action.
A vigil can take many forms, from a moment of silence to a rally to a community feast. All that is important is that you take some time on or around October 4th to mark the day.  We firmly believe that the October 4th Sisters In Spirit Vigils are a movement for social change. The number of SIS Vigils has grown from 11 in 2006 to an impressive 216 vigils in 2014.
Windsor's vigil is held October 4th each year in Dieppe Gardens.  Coverage from UW Lance on 2016's vigil.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

From Status of Women Canada:  December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.

Windsor Feminist Theatre

Windsor Feminist Theatre Group

From their website:  The Windsor Feminist Theatre, a non-profit theatre company founded in 1980, is recognized as one of the nation’s first feminist theatre organizations and is among the oldest organizations of its kind in Canada.