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. Get Involved

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 Violence, which ends on December 10, with International Human Rights Day.

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Violence against Women Must End – Take the Pledge

The RCMP reports that nearly 1,200 Aboriginal women
and girls have been murdered or gone missing in Canada.
Women are almost four times more likely than men to experience
intimate partner violence.
90% of sexual assaults against women by a non-spousal accused
are never reported to police.
Violence against women must end.
What will you do to help?
I will
speak out against gender-based violence.
I will
not tolerate degrading language about women.
I will
teach my child about healthy relationships.
I will
speak out against violence against women and girls.
I will
not look the other way.
I will
raise my son to respect women.
I will
not blame the victim.
Go to women.gc.ca and Take the Pledge #EndViolence
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
(November 25 - December 10)
Go to women.gc.ca and Take the Pledge #EndViolence


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Take the pledge and share what you will do to #EndViolence against women and girls.

16 Days, 16 Facts

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    3 long-stemmed red roses appear as though planted in a field, against white background, with the ground under them represented in black. Above the roses are several lines of text which read: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women followed by “Reflect, Remember, Join the movement to end violence”. Readers are encouraged to go to women.gc.ca and take a pledge to end violence. Beside the roses is printed the twitter identification of “hashtag December 6”. Beneath the roses the text reads: “The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – November 25-December 10. In opposite corners of the poster in small print are the Status of Women Canada and Government of Canada logos.

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