The 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.
What will you do?
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is about remembering victims; it is also a time to take action. Your #ActionsMatter
Why a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against 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.
November and December are important months for raising awareness of gender-based violence in Canada and around the world. In addition to the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women takes place on November 25 and marks the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which ends on December 10, with International Human Rights Day.
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The background of the poster is black. At the top, left-hand corner, the Status of Women Canada departmental identifier appears in white. Centred at the top of the poster, the following text appears in white: “December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women”. Under this, the hashtag “#december6” appears in red text. Just below and to the right of this text, part of the page appears to have been ripped off, exposing white space underneath. On top of this white space appears the hashtag your “#ActionsMatter” in red text. At the bottom left of the page is a large, white silhouette of a single rose. To the right of the rose appears the following text in both red and white: “The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence November 25-December 10”. The Canada Word Mark appears at the bottom-right corner of the page.
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