THE COMMITTEE

The 12 Days Committee is an innovative association in Quebec which unites nearly twenty organizations, by and for women facing systemic marginalization, which operates in the field and have unique expertise, in intervention, the fight against violence against women, and in defense of women's rights. This year we are amongst our members.

Coordinated by the Fédération des Femmes du Québec (FFQ), the 12 Days Committee is an innovative association in Quebec which unites nearly twenty organizations, by and for women facing systemic marginalization, which operates in the field and have unique expertise, in intervention, the fight against violence against women, and in defense of women's rights. For 11 years, the 12-Day Committee has coordinated an annual campaign, from November 25 to December 6, for the elimination of systemic and institutional violence against women.

This year we are amongst our members: the Documentation Center on Adult Education and the Status of Women, DAWN / The Disabled Women’s Network, R women centers, the House for deaf women, Native Women's Shelter of Montreal, Disabled Women’s Organization in Montreal, Quebec LGBT Council, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Regroupement Naissance-Renaissance, Stella, Maimie's Friend, Justices femmes, The Women's Voice. I am indestructible, Women’s Words Foundation and Coalition of Action and Surveillance on the Incarceration of Women in Quebec (CASIFQ).

Documentation Center on Adult Education and the Status of Women

Intending to democratize knowledge and social transformation, the Documentation Center on Adult Education and the Status of Women collects, disseminates, and promotes knowledge, know-how, and tools produced by the communities served and those that they need to take action.

Je suis Indestructible / I Am indestructible

The mission of Je Suis Indestructible offers to all people who have experienced sexual violence to express their emotions in a creative and liberating way in various artistic mediums (photography with a quote, slam, comic strip, poetry, painting, video “vlog”, letter of testimony, etc.).

Disabled Women’s Network Canada (DAWN)

DAWN-RAFH Canada's mission is to put an end to poverty, isolation, discrimination, and violence faced by women with disabilities. DAWN-RAFH Canada is the only national body dedicated specifically to defending the rights of deaf and disabled girls and women in Canada, as well as their advancement and full integration into society.

The R women's centers

Contribute to the development of the network of women's centers and ensure the consolidation and strengthening of the practices of the centers; work to improve the living conditions of women and promote their interests, social justice, equality, and equity for women.

Montreal House for deaf women

Community organization aiding deaf and hard of hearing women living with difficulties, through its reception, intervention, support, communication, and community living services. It makes various information accessible in LSQ, ASL, and French, to ensure that its members have access to the information.

Native women’s shelter of Montreal / Foyer pour femmes autochtones de Montréal

The goal of the NWSM is to provide a safe environment where women can begin to rebuild their lives. We offer support and frontline services to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis (Aboriginal) women and children to promote their empowerment and independence. The NWSM is the only women’s shelter in Montreal that provides services exclusively to Aboriginal women and their children. The NWSM can accommodate up to 16 women and children per night.

The Disabled Women’s Action

Disabled Women’s Action of Montreal is a non-profit organization uniting disabled women of all backgrounds. It works in collaboration with public and para-public organizations to help women members to develop to their full potential, develop their empowerment and autonomy all while encouraging them to take promising collective action.

 

Quebec LGBT Council

is a place of activism, analysis, reflection, dialogue, debate, awareness, and training. The Council seeks to consolidate and ensure the sustainability of the achievements that have enabled gays and lesbians in Quebec to achieve legal equality. It lobbies for their right to social equality, that is their right for legal equality to translate in fact into their daily lives. LGBT people will then be able to participate and fully integrate themselves into the social, cultural, political, and economic life of their community.

The Simone de Beauvoir Institute (SdBI)

is a college of Concordia University dedicated to studying feminisms, sexuality, and questions of social justice. We see feminism as a broad methodology that enables us to better conceptualize and fight for progressive change.

Stella

aims to improve the quality of life of sex workers, to raise awareness, and educate society as a whole about the different forms and realities of sex work so that sex workers will have the same rights to health and safety as the rest of the population.

The Birth-Renaissance Regrouping (RNR)

is an autonomous provincial feminist community-based organization that acts as a force for social change for the humanization of the perinatal period. Its participation on numerous committees helps to recognize the rights, power, and commitment of women in all aspects of their perinatal experience.

The way of women/La Voie des femmes

is a sociocultural organization promoting female solidarity and encouraging Muslim women to be involved in society.

Justice Woman

is a non-profit organization dedicated to the defense and advocacy of women's rights. Its mission is to combat all forms of discrimination against women from diverse backgrounds within different spheres of society.

The Words of Women Foundation/La Fondation Paroles de femmes

is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to create inclusive spaces where racialized women can share their diverse experiences and perspectives. These spaces take the form of activities and conferences on the various current issues that affect racialized women.

CASIFQ

Has taken as a mandate to react to what is happening now at the Leclerc Institution, that is to denounce the conditions of detention centers for women. Faced with the urgency to act, CASIFQ called on the new Ministers of Public Security and Justice in addition to calling for an emergency investigation from the Ombudsperson and forwarding its observations to the UN’s Committee against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). More broadly, CASIFQ questions the prison as a social response and suggests that a public debate is necessary and that this must include the women concerned.

Women without status/Femmes sans status

We support individuals and families facing unfair immigration and refugee determination systems. We participate in public education activities, support work, and organize political mobilizations in the form of We are women and mothers without status, who live and work in the shadows, invisible and excluded. We lead precarious lives because of our immigrant status. This precarious status threatens our security, our freedom as women, our rights as workers, and our family life. We live here, we will stay here. This is our home and the home of our children. We want to live in dignity, peace, and stability, we want for the fear that constantly inhabits us to fade.

Quebec Federation of Women/Fédération des Femmes du Québec

The mission of the Fédération des femmes du Québec is to create a society without oppression and to work toward equality for all. This is exactly what the 12 Days of Action Committee, which we have been coordinating for several years, is doing. Almost all of the member organizations work "by and for" the first to be affected and the FFQ follows their leadership. Thanks to this mobilization and awareness-raising work, we can no longer ignore that violence against women is created by multiple systems of oppression and that the feminist movement must have a central focus on the demands of marginalized women.