Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
DISTRICT 25 Ottawa-Carleton

Status of Women & Human Rights

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   We are a passionate group of individuals, from different D25 bargaining units, who come together to make a difference within many communities.
  • We raise awareness of equity and diversity issues with a human rights and status of women focus.
  • We offer educational workshops and events.
  • We conduct fundraising initiatives to support human rights and women’s issues within our district.
  • We welcome and encourage all OSSTF members to participate. 


Status of Women & Human Rights Committee members:

Karen Vandewint, (Chair)

Joanne, SSP

Kendra, SSP

Maushumi A, ESP

Susan H, PSSP

Kelly C, PSSU

Eunice, OTBU

Margie M, TBU

Shannon M, TBU

Corrine, PECCS

Kimberly H, TBU

Carrie Sun, OTBU


Hello All

Please find below two links for the 16 Days of Activism Campaign. 

The first is a primer, based on work done last year at OCV and serves as a good overview for folks who may not have heard of this at all.  Some colleagues  will want to start here . 


Primer - 16 Days of Activism

 2023 - 16 Days of Activism - Primer  

2023 - 16 Days of Activism - Primer

The Government of Canada’s theme for 2023 is Listen. Learn. Act. It addresses the key steps to tackling gender-based violence (GBV). LISTEN refers to supporting survivors who share their experience, and to the experts that work on the frontlines. LEARN encourages us to educate ourselves on what G...



The second link, is our 16 Days of Activism. We are asking our members to engage most days in some level at each of the three stages of Activism - Listen, Learn, Act. The slide deck is connective, so people can go from the main calendar to any dates slide and activity. 


OSSTF 16 Days of Activism (2023)

 Final OSSTF 16 Days of Activism against GBV  

Final OSSTF 16 Days of Activism against GBV

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence The 16 Days of Activism against GBV is an annual international campaign that begins November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and runs through to December 10th, Human Rights Day. In 2023 the national theme ...


Please note it is NOT for student use. 

Locally there are three places where folks can really make a difference.

  1. sheltermovers - they are always looking for people who can help with a day of moving - 
  2. Families of Sisters in Spirit - we are hoping as a District to raise a minimum $1000 to help facilitate a January meeting at Kitigan Zibi. We've tried to make it easy for folks to donate - and Bridget Tolley, the founder is 100% on board with this.

She has also shared with me that funds are used to help bring women home, if they find themselves in a far-away city or suddenly without support. She is indefatigable in her efforts. 

  1. Egale training - there is a link to virtual training offered through Egale to draw the line against transphobic violence. We are seeing an increase in harm across our school settings. Egale is an OSSTF supported educational resource. There is NO FEE for this training. 


Human Rights/Status of Women Committee Lead

Ottawa Carleton OSSTF

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