December 6, 2004
(Executive Council)


Minister recognizes National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Joan Burke, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, today recognized the 15th anniversary of the massacre of 14 women at Montrealís Ecole Polytechnique engineering school. In commemoration of this extreme example of violence against women, and in memory of those who were murdered, December 6th as been recognized as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. 

"Fifteen years have not dimmed the sadness and anger stemming from that terrible day, but they have strengthened our resolve in eliminating violence against women," said Minister Burke. "It is just as important all these years later to remember these women and reflect on why they died. But today is also a day of action." 

In St. Johnís, the day is being remembered by Members of the House of Assembly and, as a memorial to all victims of violence, the flags of Confederation Building are being flown at half mast. 

"These murders may have been the deed of one man, but I call upon each resident of the province to recognize their role in ending violence against women, by challenging sexist or violent behaviour and teaching children that violence does not resolve conflicts," said Minister Burke. "A little action from each of us will make a big difference." 

Media contact: Kelly Foss, Communications (709) 729-6225 

Ministerial Statement - Violence against women

2004 12 06                                   10:35 a.m.

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