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December 6 is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 06, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They were singled out and murdered because of their gender.  One of those women, Maryse Laganière, was a CUPE member who worked at the school.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

On December 6, consider what you can do - both personally and together with others - to end the violence against women now.

In Manitoba, candlelight vigils, memorial services, and other events are held throughout the province.