Event date: December 6, 2015
December 6, 2015
Every December 6th Canada recognizes “White Ribbon Day” — the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Are you looking for an empowering and enjoyable way to take action? Reel Causes and We Can BC are presenting Prevent It!, a conversation and screening of the critically acclaimed NFB documentary Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada. Charged with powerful stories of resilience, determination and bravery, Status Quo? provides a compelling account of the history of the women’s movement in Canada, while unveiling the shocking truth about the systemic discrimination and violence against women that continue to plague us today. Take action with us by paying tribute to the incredible Canadians who have blazed the trail towards justice, and meet local activists in a post-film discussion focused on creating a future where violence against women is also history. And don’t be shy, gentlemen — this issue is not just about women; it affects us all! Together we can end discrimination and the violence it engenders, and advance the justice and safety of all Canadians.
Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada
December 6, 2015,
Doors: 6:30 PM, Show Time: 7:00 PM
Running time: 88 minutes
Canada has a rich history of powerful women who have fought for social justice, but how much progress have we really made? Director Karen Cho captures this rich history of activism along with an unflinching look at both overt and subtler forms of violence that women face every day in this excellent NFB documentary Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada. With some jaw-dropping archival footage and featuring many Vancouver activists in its analysis, the film zeroes in on key concerns such as violence against women, access to abortion, and universal childcare. It asks provocative questions about the systemic issues that continue to put women at risk across the country every day.
Directed by Karen Cho (IMDB) Film IMDB | Official Site
SFU Woodward's Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
149 West Hastings Street
We Can BC
About the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women:
On December 6th, 1989 fourteen women were murdered at École Polytechnique in Montréal; targeted solely because of their gender. Two years later, Parliament passed a Bill confirming that Canada will commemorate a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women every December 6th.
We Can BC is part of an international social movement to change attitudes and behaviour to end gender-based violence.
Violence against women is both a violation of human rights and an impediment to achieving gender equality. Yet in many communities across British Columbia, just as in the rest of Canada and the world, violence against women is accepted as ‘normal behaviour’. It is only by challenging these perceptions of ‘normalcy’ that we can bring about change. We Can BC is working to shift beliefs and attitudes surrounding violence against women — and in doing so, change behaviour and make our communities safer for everyone.
We Can BC is thrilled to be a part of Prevent It! this year, as part of its ongoing efforts to change attitudes and behaviour to end all violence against women.