The National Day of Remembrance and Action against Violence against Women
A sad reminder of the tragic shooting that took place 33 years ago at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, in which 14 women were killed and 13 wounded.
“Today, we stand together across the country to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Sadly, here in Canada, every six days a woman is killed by her intimate partner and one in three women will experience sexual violence in their lifetime. We must continue to have open conversations year-round about violence against women and encourage survivors to bring their stories forward. We must continue to educate Ontarians of all ages about healthy, equal and non-violent relationships. And we must have zero tolerance for gender-based violence so women and girls can live with hope, and without fear.
Our government believes it is every woman’s fundamental right to live safely and securely in her home and community. We know that to achieve this, words are not enough. That’s why we are working together with all levels of government and community partners to prevent and address violence against women in all forms. This includes making critical investments in violence prevention initiatives and a broad range of supports to help survivors heal and rebuild their lives. We will continue working to end gender-based violence so all women and girls can live freely, without the fear of violence.” Said Merrilee Fullerton, Minister for Children, Community and Social Services, the violence against women in Canada.
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