National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

 

December 6th 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. On Monday, December 7th, the St. Mary’s HALT team will hold a student led ceremony at 11:00 am to commemorate the day.  Reverend Kristin MacKenzie will be the keynote speaker and the ceremony will include music, presentations, and prayer.  This event is open to staff and students from Grades 7-12 as well as any members of the public who wish to attend. HALT will be selling purple ribbons, for donation.  Funds raised will go to the Naomi Society.  This ceremony represents an opportunity to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society, 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. It is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.