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December 6, 2012

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

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.

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.

For more information on ways of preventing and responding to violence against women, see the following resources published by PLEIS-NB:

Ending Abuse In Your Relationship : A woman’s roadmap to Empowerment
A Service Provider’s Roadmap to Empowering Women
Spousal Assault : What Victims Want And Need From The Police
Information for abused women - Survival Strategies
Information for abused women - Dealing With the Police  
Moving Forward: A Program for Children (4 to 16 years) and their Mothers to Promote Healing from the Effects of Woman Abuse