National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Dec. 6, 2019

Today, December 6, 2019, marks the sad anniversary of the 30th anniversary of the École Polytechnique de Montréal tragedy in which 14 women were killed simply because they were .... women. We remember:

Geneviève Bergeron 

Hélène Colgan

Nathalie Croteau

Barbara Daigneault

Anne-Marie Edward

Maud Haviernick

Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz

Maryse Laganière

Maryse Leclair

Anne-Marie Lemay

Sonia Pelletier

Michèle Richard

Annie St-Arneault

Annie Turcotte


Despite the giant steps that have been made in recent years, gender-based violence in Canada still means:

  • More than 1 in 3 women experience domestic violence through their lifetime.

  • Indigenous women are killed at six times the rate of non-Indigenous women.

  • Persons with disabilities are between 50% and 100% more likely than those without disabilities to have experienced violence by a spouse.

  • A woman is killed by her intimate partner approximately every six days.

  • Trans women are almost twice as likely as cisgender women to experience gender-based violence in their lifetime.

Let’s continue the work needed to ensure that our workplaces and our communities are free and safe from gender-based violence.