On December 6, we observe the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women established by the Parliament of Canada in 1991 to mark the anniversary of the 1989 murders of 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal, who were killed because of their gender.  We come together to remember the victims, while also reflecting on the woman, girls, LGBTQI2S and gender diverse individuals for whom gender-based violence continues to be a daily reality.

To mark Coast Mountains School District’s commitment in observance of The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, all flags within the school district will be lowered to half-mast early Monday morning, December 6 and raised early Tuesday morning, December 7.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women is about acknowledging women who have experienced gender-based violence and remembering those who we have lost as result of such violence.  Achieving a Canada free from gender-based violence requires everyone living in this country to educate themselves and their families and communities on gender-based violence, centre the voices of survivors in our actions and speak up against harmful behaviours.

As we mourn their loss and remember their lives, we reaffirm our commitment to fight the hatred that led to this tragedy, and the misogyny that still exists today.  In Canada and around the world, women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+ (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, plus) and gender diverse individuals face unacceptable violence and discrimination.  Gender-based violence in Canada has been magnified and amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

December 6 falls within the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.  Add your voice to the conversation between November 25 and December 10 and share the ways you are being part of the solution to end gender-based violence using the hashtag #16Days.

Working together, we can help prevent and address gender-based violence by remembering and learning from our past, listening to survivors, and speaking out against harmful behaviour. This December 6, let us work towards a Canada that is free of gender-based violence by using our voices to speak up and say NO! to violence and harassment against women and girls.

 

 

 

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