Prevent It!

December 6, 2015
Doors: 6:30 PM, Show Time: 7:00 PM
Djavad Mowafaghian Theatre, SFU Woodward’s Location: 149 West Hastings

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.

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.

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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.

The Cause:
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.

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Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. We host film screenings followed by a Q&A session to educate and inspire our community, and provide a forum for authentic conversation around the issues that affect us locally.

City of Vancouver
SFU Woodwards
BC Arts Council
Consumer Protection BC
Creative BC