The Government of Canada describes gender-based violence as violence perpetrated based on a person’s gender, gender expression, gender identity or perceived gender. The description notes that gender-based violence is not limited to physical or sexual violence, but can also include attempts to degrade, control, humiliate, intimidate, coerce, deprive, threaten or harm someone due to their gender, gender expression, or perceived gender. Gender-based violence can be deadly and, even when it is not, its impacts can be long-lasting as well as intergenerational.

Thursdays in Black badgeThe World Council of Churches (WCC) started a movement called “Thursdays in Black” to highlight the effects of gender-based violence and rape, working to eliminate it. The movement has roots in the WCC’s Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women (1988–1998) and has grown from there.

It simply asks people to wear black each Thursday, along with a pin declaring that you are “part of the global movement resisting attitudes and practices that permit rape and violence.”

Thursdays in Black pins are available to order from the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada . Campaign badges are available to download and print on the WCC’s website here .

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