The Rose Campaign is a national advocacy campaign to end violence against women and girls. Each year, from November 25 to December 6, YWCA Canada's annual Rose Campaign to end violence against women and girls highlights what we can all do to make their lives safer. The Rose Campaign is named for the rose button that commemorated the murder of 14 young women at Montréal's l'École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989, and called on Canadians to first mourn, and then work for change.
December 6 is Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, named by Parliament and etched in history by the 1989 shooting deaths in Montreal by a man targeting women on a busy university campus. Canadians reacted with shock, sorrow and outrage. The shootings strengthened work for legislation to bring guns under control and sparked the first men's organizations dedicated to ending violence against women.
December 6 became the day we remember the women who died and re-commit to taking action on violence against women and girls until our streets, our campuses and our homes are safe. Because Canada is not yet a safe country for women.
The Rose Campaign kicks off on November 25, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This date also launches the 16 Days of Global Activism, sponsored by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Visit the links below to learn more and to register your Actions.
There are many small ways to move forward on ending violence. Participating in the Rose Campaign by planning activities, actions or events at your school, on campus, at work or in the community that raise awareness and inspire action is a great start.
Since the women students were murdered at L'École Polytechnique in 1989, vigils have been held every year, all over Canada, to commemorate their lives and draw attention to taking action on violence against women and girls. Vigils are usually held outdoors, vigil participants light candles, place lanterns roses or flowers to mark the life of each of the 14 women. The names of the women are read as a tribute.
You can host a student-led assembly or lunch time vigil to remember women whose lives have been lost to violence and take action to end violence against women. Assemblies can feature PowerPoint presentations, art installations, dramatic readings, skits, and music or dance performances. Invite teachers, school staff, students, and parents to participate. There are inspirational speakers and experts on violence against women in your community. Connect with your local YWCA, or a women's shelter, they are valuable resources and have great insight on the issues.
A vigil can take up to four weeks to plan and promote. The assembly or vigil can be as short as 15 minutes or up to 30 minutes.
You can write your own script for the event, or download one at www.rosecampaign.ca
Cut out rose petals from construction paper. The petals should provide enough space to write a message. Punch a hole in each petal and add a string. Hand petals out, invite students to write their wish or message on a petal. The message should promote nonviolence, or reflect a deeply personal wish or memory; overall it is a wish for a better future for women and girls. Hang petals on a tree, tape to a bulletin board or place around the school or neighbourhood.
In a healthy relationship, you:
In an unhealthy relationship, one or both of you:
The YWCA Safety Siren, offers users a siren alarm which can be activated by either pressing the safety button on an iPhone, iPod Touch, Android or BlackBerry. Activating the alarm sends an SOS urgent email to a friend or family member when the user is in an unsafe situation. The app also offers Canadian health and safety information geared toward young women, including: short questions and answers about women's health and wellness, particularly focused on dating and social interaction; tips and facts on safety and wellbeing and links to YWCAs across Canada as well as health and crisis resource centres.
Turn your smartphone into a smart safety device!
Visit ywcacanada.ca to download the FREE YWCA
Safety Siren app for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
Make Rose Buttons, bookmarks and brochures available to students, employees, clients, community partners and stakeholders. The Rose Button Campaign is a great fundraising opportunity for groups and organizations that support anti-violence programs and services. Purchase the buttons for 50 cents each and sell them for $1.00 or more.
Place your order at: www.rosecampaign.ca
For further information, you can also contact YWCA Canada at: