VANCOUVER, Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - BC students' unions across the province
have coordinated a re-launch of No Means No, a campaign to end rape on
"Women continue to face disproportionately high levels of sexualized and
gender-based violence on our campuses and in our communities,"
explained Madeline Keller-MacLeod, Women Students' Liaison of the
Canadian Federation of Students-BC. "Given the recent instances of
pro-rape chants at the University of British Columbia and Saint Mary's
University, more students are now challenging rape culture on campus
via this campaign."
Gender-based violence is the most widespread and persistent human rights
violation in the world. In Canada, more than 50% of women will
experience violence at some point in their lives, most before the age
of 25. In a given year more than one in ten Canadian women suffer
physical abuse at the hands of their partners. On campus, 25% of women
undergraduate students experience some form of sexual abuse.
"Many students' unions have been successful at changing campus culture
to be one that is about promoting consent and confronting sexism on
campus," added Katie Marocchi, Chairperson of CFS-BC. "The campaign
aims to raise awareness about gender-based violence and to inform men
that they are responsible for not being perpetrators of sexualized
violence in their community and how they too can take an active stance
The No Means No campaign, a cross-Canada, national project of the
Canadian Federation of Students since 1992, is intended to combat
fundamental misconceptions about sexualized violence.
The Canadian Federation of Students-BC is composed of post-secondary students from 15 universities and
colleges in every region in BC. Post-secondary students in Canada have
been represented by the Canadian Federation of Students and its
predecessor organizations since 1927.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - British Columbia
For further information:
Katie Marocchi, Chairperson: (604) 358-4732
Madeline Keller-MacLeod, Women Students' Liaison (604) 733-1880