National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - BCGEU

Andrew Cummings
December 7, 2017

Kennedy said that's still an issue in this country with hundreds of indigenous women who haven't returned home to their families yet today.

Shelley Yeo is the assistant executive director at ANOVA and tells 980 CFPL community involvement is key to fighting violence against women. They have also contributed to this moment in our history when feminism is something we are proud of. Data on both police-reported violent crimes and self-reported sexual assaults report that women represent approximately 80 per cent of the victims.

"We have to work on prevention and intervention and education, because if the community loses confidence in their safety, and their children's safety - their daughters, their wives ¬- our criminal justice system, and our peace in our country will be over", she added. The need is made evident through the recent #MeToo movement. That's one in four homicides. Even when a person insists they meant nothing by it, it still promotes a culture of violence and discrimination that has serious and real impact on women.

"That's one of the key goals that we have when talking about ending domestic violence because there is a stigma around that as well".

Other events commemorating the Day of Remembrance at U of T include a ceremony at the Great Hall at Hart House on the downtown Toronto campus, a rose vigil at U of T Mississauga and a women's writing circle at U of T Scarborough.

Canadians have the support of this Government, whether it be through the first federal strategy to prevent and address gender-based violence, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the National Housing Strategy, and investments in shelters. The day was created in direct response to the shooting. The date also falls within the annual 16 Days of Activism campaign which begins on November 25 with the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and runs until December 10 with Human Rights Day.

We are living in an exceptional time right now.

"They're the women who cleared the path".

"When gender-based violence is eradicated, we'll all be better for it".

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