National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women & Girls - Dec. 06, 2016

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women & Girls

Please, join us on Tuesday, December 6th, 7 pm at St. Andrews NBCC for a free coffee house event or come by 4 pm to 5:30 pm to see information displays and art projects.

On December 6th, 1989, 14 women were singled out for their gender and murdered at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. In 1991, the Parliament of Canada established December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and Girls. This is a day for all of us to remember lives needlessly lost to gendered violence and to pledge to do what we can to bring an end to violence against women and girls in our communities. In Canada, and around the world, violence and abuse is directed against women and girls. In 2006, 10 Amish school girls in Pennsylvania were shot. The gunman had separated the girls from the boys and sent the boys out of the school. Five of the ten girls died.

Murder, rape, forced child marriage; female genital mutilation; sexual exploitation and trafficking, sexual harassment and honour killings are some of the forms of violence used against females. Abuse and inequalities include not having access to healthcare and education, not having equal rights under the law or not receiving equal pay for work of equal value.

We must stand together, in our own communities, across Canada and around the world to condemn violence and abuse and to support women and girls in achieving their full potential.