Summerside service marks day of prevention of violence against women

Summerside service marks day of prevention of violence against women

Every year on December 6, people across the country remember the victims of École Polytechnique shooting and raise awareness about gender-based violence.

The speakers reflect on the horrors of that day, but also talk about the challenge many still face in a society where gender equality is still far from won.

It was also a call to action to help put an end to violence against women. He shot 28 people, killing 14 women, before turning the gun on himself.

Ella Thomson wasn't even born in 1989 when 14 women were killed at École Polytechnique, but she says learning about the tragedy was a sobering reminder of the violence women in non-traditional fields have faced.

Almost 100 people crowded into a third floor room at My Sisters' Place on Wednesday, the 28th anniversary of the day 14 women were gunned down by a man at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique. It is the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history. "If they're in the workplace and if they are being harassed or any type of violence, that they will feel more confident to come forward - because all those women are being heard now and things are being done about it", she said.

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A co-founder of the Victim Justice Network, de Villiers said that while strides had been made in the effort to combat violence, more work is needed. The results provided important data on the realities of women experiencing violence. Aboriginal respondents, respondents with disabilities, those indicating a sexual orientation other than heterosexual (e.g., lesbian, gay or bisexual) and transgender respondents were particularly likely to have reported experiencing domestic violence in their lifetime.

Unions have been negotiating language in collective agreements to provide dedicated paid leave for members experiencing violence, as well as protection from adverse action or discrimination as a result of disclosing.

"That means valuing the voices of women and girls, fighting the injustices and inequalities that put the most vulnerable women at the greatest risk of violence, and breaking down a culture that dismisses women's worth - from Hollywood studios to the halls of Parliament", he said. "There is still a power struggle, and there is still violence against women", said Carvalho.

Violence against women and girls is not just a women's issue.

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