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National Day of Remembrance and Action On Violence Against Women - December 6

Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Categories: News Releases

“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 died because they were women.” ~ Status of Women Canada

On December 6, we encourage all students and staff across the district to honour the memory of these women in their school communities by displaying this poster, and taking the opportunity to reflect on the continuing impact of violence against women and gender-based violence within our society. We know the facts. We know that women and girls continue to be more at risk of experiencing many forms of violence than men and boys. There is a direct link between the sexism and misogyny we encounter in our everyday lives and violence against women and girls. By recognizing that link, we have the power to change it.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women takes place during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which begins with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, and ends on December 10, International Human Rights Day.

Gender-based violence can be defined as any aggressive action that threatens the safety of, causes physical, social or emotional harm to, or denigrates a person because of her or his gender identity, perceived gender, sexual identity, biological sex or sexual behaviour. Together, we can change minds and prevent gender-based violence before it starts. To end this violence, we must challenge the culture that allows it to thrive.

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