In 1989, 14 young women were murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal because they were women. Parliament decided to recognize the anniversary of that day with a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in 1991. Women continue to experience violence at home and in society, particularly Aboriginal women, immigrant women, older women and younger women. Status of Women Canada has statistics available here.
Today, we remember the women who have been killed or harmed because of their sex or gender.
While we mourn the women who have died, we also recommit to the action of creating safer communities by reducing social isolation, identifying and addressing violence and standing up for everyone’s right to a life free from violence and other harms. We encourage communities to support women who may be experiencing violence and provide safe spaces free from potential harm.
We also recognize the great work done by women and men alike to creating this vision of the world. Two stellar examples are The White Ribbon Campaign and The Rose Campaign – groups that emphasize the message that stopping violence against women starts with you.