December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 4, 2023

As an organization committed to advocating for workers’ rights, safety, and well-being, the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour recognizes the profound significance of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, observed annually on December 6. This day holds particular significance as it commemorates the anniversary of the tragic and senseless murder of 14 young women at École Polytechnique in Montréal on December 6, 1989. The impact of this sad event reverberates across Canada and beyond, serving as a stark reminder of the pervasive issue of gender-based violence and the urgent need for collective action to address it.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women provides a solemn opportunity for us to honour the memory of the 14 women whose lives were cut short by an act of gender-based violence. It serves as a time for reflection, remembrance, and solidarity with the countless individuals and families affected by gender-based violence, as well as a call to action to address the systemic factors that perpetuate such violence.

Over 30 years have passed since the tragic events at Polytechnique Montréal, yet the prevalence of gender-based violence continues to be a pressing and pervasive issue in our society. Women, girls, and gender-diverse individuals continue to face various forms of violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, harassment, and femicide. The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women compels us to confront the stark reality of gender-based violence and to renew our commitment to fostering a society free from such atrocities.

The commemoration of this day also underscores the importance of advocating for gender equity, empowering survivors, and challenging the attitudes and structures that perpetuate violence against women and gender-based violence. It serves as a rallying call for collective action to address the root causes of violence, dismantle systemic barriers, and create a culture of respect, equality, and safety for all individuals.

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour stands in solidarity with those affected by gender-based violence. It reaffirms its unwavering commitment to advocating for policies, resources, and support systems that address and prevent violence against women and gender-diverse individuals. We recognize the critical intersectionality of gender-based violence and labour rights, and we are dedicated to fostering inclusive and safe workplaces that uphold the rights and dignity of all workers.

In commemorating the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, let us honour the memory of the 14 women whose lives were tragically taken and recommit ourselves to creating a society where all individuals are free from the threat of violence, discrimination and harm. Together, let us work towards a future where gender-based violence is eradicated and where all individuals can live and work in safety, dignity, and equality.

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