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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 6, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
On December 6th, join community agencies and community members at the Kingston Vigil for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
The event will take place at Sydenham Street United Church.
Doors open at 430pm with the event beginning at 5pm. Speakers, rose ceremony, music by The Caledonias and a candelight vigil will take place. Afterwards there will be light refreshments and community booths on display. Faceless Dolls panels will be on display.
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December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women. As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
November and December are important months for raising awareness of gender-based violence in Canada and around the world. In addition to the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women takes place on November 25 and marks the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which ends on December 10, with International Human Rights Day.