December 6, 2016
December 6 is known as Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.
It is a day to pay tribute to the memory of the murdered women and remind ourselves that we must continue our important work to eliminate violence against women while making our city safer for all residents. About one third of all women worldwide experience either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization.
Several events, including a candlelight vigil beginning at 6 p.m. on Philosopher’s Walk (south side of Bloor, west of Avenue Road) are being held to recognize the national day of remembrance. More information is available through Status of Women Canada and the Rose Campaign.