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December 6, 2016

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

“Violence against women is the most widespread and least punished crime in the world” – Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

This day is highlighted throughout Canada to commemorate the sad events that occurred on December 6th, 1989 when 14 female students at the École polytechnique in Montreal were coldly murdered in their class. The reason? They were women. Although violence against women does not always end in murder, it is always serious and unacceptable. The goal of this day is to raise awareness about violence committed against women on a daily basis and about possible solutions.

Here are a few statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations on violence against women:

Raising awareness is the only way to break the silence. Each of your words and actions must promote love and freedom. Commemoration is one way to raise awareness. Take the time to get involved in activities in your region. In Québec, vigils will be held in all major cities.


Cathy Morneau, CEIU Deputy Trustee for Women’s Issues – East

Christine Walker, CEIU Deputy Trustee for Women’s Issues – Ouest

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