December 6 – Canada National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6th 1989 is known as the Montreal Massacre, when a man entered the École Polytechnique de Montréal and purposefully shot 14 female engineering students. The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women was instituted in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada. It is a day to commemorate those 14 women whose fundamental rights have been fatally violated and whose life dreams were crushed too early by an act of hatred and violence. It is also a day to promote respect for women’s rights and to recognize the need to advocate for a world free of gender-based violence. UWCM collaborates with several NGOs, including the YWCA’s Rose Button Campaign.

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