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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.

On December 6th PSAC Regional Women’s Committees in Vancouver and Victoria are sponsoring candlelight vigils in their communities. They will commemorate the women whose lives ended in Montreal, reflect on violence against women, and gather donations for local women’s organizations.

December 6th – End Violence Against Women Candlelight Vigils

There will be a donation collection at both events – please bring: new towels, journals, new pajamas, slippers, new socks, jackets, hats, mittens, etc. for donation to local women’s organizations. Spread the word! Download a poster: Surrey | Victoria.

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