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Everyone has a role to play in preventing gender-based violence.  Working together is the only way we’ll end gender-based violence and sexual assaults in Edmonton. It time for all of us to speak. It’s time for all of us to act.

While women and girls are more likely to be victims of Gender-based Violence, all genders are impacted, and therefore all genders are part of the solution. In particular, men and boys particularly can play a role in stopping gender-based violence before it starts, and we especially aim to empower them to be powerful agents of change.

Making meaningful change requires your action. There are many things you can do. You can learn how to identify signs of abuse, develop allyship skills for supporting victims of gender-based violence, and join our conversation as we raise awareness about these important issues.

Speak out now to end gender-based violence. Help shape the conversation to create a safe and connected Edmonton to work, live and play.

Who Has Joined The Movement?
  • City of Edmonton
  • City Council
  • Stantec
  • Edmonton Eskimos
  • Edmonton and District Council of Churches
  • Coalition of Unions
  • 630 Ched
  • Global Television
  • Edmonton Sport Council
  • Urban Spirits Rotary Club
  • Echo Promotions
  • University of Alberta Students Association
  • Norquest Students Association
  • NAIT Student Association
  • MacEwan University Student Association
  • Shine FM
  • Edmonton Youth Council
  • Edmonton Interfaith Centre

Ideas for Action

Here are some of the things that you or your organization can do:

  • Point out inappropriate comments about women and gender minorities in conversations
  • Learn more about gender-based violence and sexual assault prevention
  • Be part of the conversation online
  • Participate in a Gender-based Violence Prevention Training program
  • Believe someone when they come forward with claims of sexual violence
  • Help connect victims of violence to community resources and services
  • Commit to gender equity on advisory committees, board of governors

Identifying Signs of Abuse

By supporting victims of gender-based violence, you can help change the feelings of isolation, guilt and shame that survivors of victims may experience.

Abuse thrives in secrecy - speak up if you can do so safely.

Bystander Intervention

Your safety, is the most important consideration. If there is immediate danger or you feel that intervening would be unsafe; call the police and/or security. Violence as an intervention is never a solution and will only aggravate and escalate a situation.

Bystander Tips :

  • Refuse to join in derogatory, degrading, abusive and violent attitudes or behaviours
  • Demonstrate your disapproval for those behaviours by walking away
  • Be present, go and stand by the target of the violence, engage in a conversation. The harasser/abuser will likely stop because there is a witness
  • Ask the person “are you okay?”, if the answer is yes- respect this and move on
  • Distraction - distract the perpetrator
  • Be a good listener and ask how you can help

For other ideas check out: endingviolence.org    

For More Information

Zanette Frost

Telephone

780-442-4849

Email zanette.frost@edmonton.ca

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