16 Days of Activism Student Poster Contest

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Sep 19

Win Prizes and have the chance to see your poster on display.

The Gender-Based Violence Education and Support Team is launching a college-wide student poster contest to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an annual global campaign that kicks off on the 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on the 10th of December, Human Rights Day. The 16 days serve as a call to action for everyone to speak up and renew our commitment to ending gender-based violence.

During this period, we also observe the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada, remembering the women who were murdered during the École Polytechnique Montréal Massacre on December 6, 1989.


Open to all students on all campuses.

Theme and Topics:

Using Canva to design posters that aim to raise awareness of sexualized and gender-based violence. Students are encouraged to choose any topic or issue they wish to address. Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • What is gender-based violence?
  • Facts to know about violence against women?
  • Gender-Based Violence from 2SLGBTQQIA+ lens
  • The links between Racialized and Gender-Based Violence?
  • Disability and Gender-Based Violence
  • Barriers to Gender-Based Violence Services and Support
  • Trauma responses to Gender-Based Violence
  • Men, Masculinities, and Gender-Based Violence
  • The Bystander Effect and How to be an Upstander
  • Human Trafficking as a Form of Gender-Based Violence.
  • Supporting a friend/partner who is a survivor


  • Only one entry per student or group.
  • Each entry must include name(s), program(s), and date.
  • Students are encouraged to include a short narrative on the inspiration and purpose of their poster on a separate page.
  • Entries must be the student’s original work. Direct quotes are permissible as long as students remember to credit the source with a citation.
  • Students are encouraged to employ an intersectional lens to convey the idea that each aspect of people’s identity (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual identity, disability/ability, age), their vulnerability and experience of sexualized violence.
  • All entries should consider using survivor-affirming language, i.e., using words or phrases that highlight agency and resilience, and do not further re-victimize or blame a person who has experienced sexual assault. Examples are:
  • Using the term ‘survivor’ but also recognizing that the person who has experienced sexual violence has the right to determine how they wish to be identified.
  • Use language that conveys that sexual assault is violence and not non-consensual sex.
  • Avoid the graphic description of sexual assault and sexualized violence.

Contest Deadline:

December 9, 2022

Judging Criteria:

  • The College’s Student Support, Awareness, and Prevention Working Group on Preventing and Responding to Sexualized Violence will review and evaluate all entries based on the following:
  • Poster’s ability to communicate its purpose.
  • Level of creativity
  • The degree of illustrations and word clarity: The overall layout and design, use of color, words, etc.


Three winners will receive a gift card for the college campus store, an award and with consent, have their poster on display on the internal screens and poster boards.

  • First Prize: $50
  • Second Prize: $25
  • Third Prize: $10

Other requirements:

  • Social Media Dimensions: 1080 x 1920, or 1080p resolution)
  • Campus Display Boards/Internal Screens:
    • Internal screen size is 1920 (w) x 1080px (h) / RBG / 72 ppi
    • Posters size is 11” (w) x 17” (h) / CMYK / 300 dpi
    • Please ensure the smallest text font is at least 14 pt for printed posters and 44pt for internal screen images.
    • For internal screen images, please keep text brief as they are only displayed for a few seconds at a time.


Digital entries can be submitted to consent [at] mohawkcollege.ca


For resources on consent and gender-based violence, check the #ConsentIsEverything Module on MyCanvas

For more questions, contact the Gender-Based Violence Education Coordinator at consent [at] mohawkcollege.ca.


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