Violence against women is an unfortunate reality in Canada. About half of all women will be physically or sexually assaulted at least once in their lifetime. That’s one of the reasons people acknowledge National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, which takes place every year on December 6.
December 6 is a day marred by tragedy. On December 6, 1989 a lone gunman walked into an engineering classroom at École Polytechnique in Montreal and murdered 14 female students and injured another 10.
We need to do more to reduce violence against women. Here are a few things you can do:
- Raise awareness and show your support for victims of violence through Facebook and other social media
- Fill our SEIU Healthcare’s workplace violence survey
- Organize or attend a candlelight vigil or other commemorative event
- Donate money to a local women’s shelter or another charity that works to prevent violence against women or aids victims of it
- Write an article or a letter to the editor to your local newspaper about violence against women
- Keep your eyes open for speakers or programs in your area that address violence against women
- Engage others in conversations about violence against women and girls and let them know what they can do to make a difference
- Wear a white ribbon on December 6th to show your support for victims of gender-based violence
For more information on issues relating to violence against women, you can learn more here at the Canadian government’s The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence webpage.