National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women: NRHS to host vigil

CCRSB News: 
Friday, December 5, 2014

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 were killed 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 us 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.

Violence against women and family violence destroys lives and weakens the fabric of our society. As a population, it takes a heavy toll on our communities and our economy. We have all been touched by family violence.

On Friday, December 5, 2014 the Pictou County Interagency Committee on Family Violence along with the Pictou County Chapter of Silent Witness Nova Scotia will be making a powerful presentation to acknowledge the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. This presentation is targeted at youth and is hosted by high schools within Pictou County.

Time: 10:00 am -12:00pm

Location: Northumberland Regional High School

The Pictou County Women’s Centre will be hosting a public event on Saturday, December 7th, 2014. A Memory, a Prayer and a Wish ~ Candlelight Vigil will take place 6:00 pm at the Gazebo in Glasgow Square. This is a free event and the general public is encouraged to attend.

For more information on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence please visit the Status of Women Canada website.