12 Days of Action to Eliminate

all Forms of Violence Against Women

 During the 12 Days of Action to Eliminate All Forms of Violence Against Women, from november 25th until december 6th 2018, we decided to denounce different forms of violence affecting women and girls, victims of human trafficking.

Each day, a new quote was revealed as well as an opportunity to act against it by following the proposed action. Also, a specific content was available if you wish to learn more on each type of violence.


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Day 1


Only available in French

Qu’est-ce que la violence économique :

La violence économique est un acte de domination et de contrôle qui consiste à priver une personne d’argent ou à l’empêcher de répondre à ses besoins ou encore à contrôler et surveiller ses activités économiques afin de l’empêcher d’atteindre son autonomie financière. Elle peut être exercée par un(e) partenaire ou un membre de la parenté. La violence économique répond à la définition de l’abus financier.






Pour en savoir davantage: 




Information tirée de: option-consommateurs.org/violence-economique/

Day 3


The law :

  • Canada has a law to help deal with the non-consensual distribution of an intimate image. It is illegal for a person to distribute an intimate image  of another person without that person’s consent.

  • If someone has a sexual/intimate picture or video of you that was created in private circumstances, and that person knowingly posts it online or shares it with someone else knowing that you would not consent to that (or being reckless about whether you would consent to it), the person could be charged. Given the serious nature of criminal charges, police will need to verify that the person in the picture/video is you — you may need to provide any messages you sent or received about the picture/video, or other details about it, such as identifying features.



To learn more: 

Information from :www.cyberaide.ca

Information, resources and tools to help you remove sexual pictures and videos from the Internet :



For more information on ressources and services related to sexual violence watch the following video :


Day 5


If you have concerns as parents :


Reminder about age and laws:





To learn more: 

Information from :https://www.educaloi.qc.ca/en/

Day 7


Abortion decisions :

  • A woman 14 years old or older can make a decision about an abortion alone.This has been the situation since 1989. She does not need permission from a committee of doctors or anyone else. Therefore, spouses, partners, parents, friends, health-care professionals and religious communities can't make the decision for her or force her into making one decision instead of another.

Information from :https://www.educaloi.qc.ca/en/capsules/abortion-decisions

For more information :



Consent to Medical Care and the Right to Refuse Care :

Patients usually have the right to accept or refuse medical care. Medical professionals must therefore make sure patients agree before giving care. The law calls this agreement consent.

For more information : https://www.educaloi.qc.ca/en/capsules/consent-medical-care-and-right-refuse-care

Day 9


15 Common Forms of Verbal Abuse in Relationships

  • Withholding

  • Countering

  • Discounting

  • Verbal abuse disguised as jokes

  • Blocking and diverting

  • Accusing and blaming

  • Judging and criticizing

  • Trivializing

  • Undermining

  • Threatening

  • Name calling

  • Forgetting​

Information from: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-mysteries-love/201503/15-common-forms-verbal-abuse-in-relationships

For more information:


Resources exist and can help you!

​Don't hesitate to ask for help!

Call the Povincial Helpine: 1 888 933-9007

It's 24/7, Bilingual and Confidential


Day 11

  • 12 helping attitudes during an unveiling:

    • Believe them

    • Listen without judging

    • Respect their pace, their experience and their words

    • Hear them without dramatizing or minimizing

    • Maintain confidentiality

    • Avoid expressing strong reactions

    • Validate their emotions and feelings

    • Counter feelings of guilt because it is never the victim’s fault

    • Ensure their safety

    • Offer support and be there for them

    • Help them identify their needs and encourage autonomy

    • Refer them to resources

To learn more :



Information from: http://www.rqcalacs.qc.ca/

Day 2


Protection and assistance for victims of human trafficking :

If you think that you are a victim of trafficking, or you know someone who is, please visit or contact the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) office closest to you. To find the closest IRCC office, please call us toll free at 1 888 242-2100 (from within Canada only). If you visit an office in person, we can assess your application faster. If you need help right away, please call your local police or 911.








To learn more :


Information from :www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/

Day 4


What is “fair trade” :

  • "Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair Trade organisations have a clear commitment to Fair Trade as the principal core of their mission. They, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade."





To learn more: 

Information from :https://wfto.com/fair-trade/

To find a Fair Trade Business: 


Only available in french.

Day 6


Laws on forced marriage in Canada :

  • The first question is what is meant by forced marriage? The expression “forced marriage” refers to a marital union where one of the parties, and sometimes both, is forced to marry against their will.

  • Such marriages are contrary to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 16 of which provides that “[m]en and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.



To learn more: 

Information from :https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/cj-jp/fv-vf/fm-mf/fm_eng.pdf

How to report :

Day 8


What is social violence :

Social violence exists when an individual tries, by various means, to have control over the other woman's social circle, often for the purpose of isolating her.

Information fromhttp://www.alabridelaviolence.org/besoin-aide-/violence-sociale

Only available in French​

What is spiritual abuse? :

Most examples of spiritual abuse refer to a church elder or faith leader inflicting abuse on congregation members, often by creating a toxic culture within the church or group by shaming or controlling members using the power of their position. However, spiritual abuse can also occur within an intimate relationship. Spiritual abuse is not limited to a certain religion or denomination. Any person, of any belief system, is capable of perpetrating spiritual abuse, just as anyone can be a victim of it.

Information from: https://www.thehotline.org/2015/11/12/what-is-spiritual-abuse/


For more information :

If you need help with domestic violence :


Day 10


As a temporary foreign worker, you are protected by Canada’s labour laws.

  • Your employer:

    • must pay you for your work

    • must make sure that your workplace is safe

    • can’t take your passport or work permit away from you.

  • Each province and territory has an employment or labour standards office that deals with labour and employment laws. They can talk to you about fair pay, hours of work, rest periods, working conditions and provide other services.

  • To reach to CNESST in Quebec, call 1 844 838-0808

For more information:

Information from:https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada/permit/temporary/after-apply-next-steps/understand-your-rights-foreign-workers.html

Day 12


To learn more about illegal organ trade :

There are far more people in the world in need of a new organ than there are organs available. Like in any market where a dollar can be made because demand far outweighs supply, people can turn to the black market to find what they need. When a person's life is on the line, the will to survive may override morals.

To learn more :



Information from: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/gazette/illegal-organ-trade