Executive Council
December 6, 2018

Province Commemorates the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

The Honourable Carol Anne Haley, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, will join students, faculty, women’s groups and community members at a vigil tonight (Thursday, December 6) to honour the victims of the Montreal Massacre. The vigil will be held at Memorial University’s S.J. Carew building in St. John’s at 6:00 p.m.

On December 6, 1989, the lives of 14 women were taken at Montreal’s École Polytechnique; 12 engineering students, one employee, and one nursing student were killed because they were women. In 1991, in memory of these women, the Federal Government designated December 6 as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

It is a horrific reminder of the devastating effects of violence against women and the struggle that women face in our society every day. The rate at which women and girls experience violence in our province and across the country is much too high, and it must stop.

Government is committed to continuing to work with community and advocacy groups, law enforcement, families and supporters to end violence so that all women and girls are safe.

Together, we will end violence against women.

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“In order to end gender-based violence everyone must work together to support victims, their families, and our communities, as well as to educate the public on how to prevent violence. We are stronger together than we are alone. “
Honourable Carol Anne Haley
Minister Responsible for the Status of Women

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2018 12 06                              10:40 a.m.