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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada

December 4, 2015 ̶ Ottawa, ON - Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Sue O’Sullivan, marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.

Facts

  • On December 6th, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada, we come together to honour and remember all the women who have been impacted by violence and to think about the broader impact deliberate acts of violence against women have for all of us.
  • This day was created to also remember the 14 young women whose lives were taken at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6th 1989, simply because they were women.
  • The issue of violence against women continues today and affects thousands of women every year, regardless of race, age, social status or religion. Evidence of this is seen in the growing number of missing and murdered Indigenous women across Canada as well as through statistics on domestic violence across Canada, which show that women continue to be more likely than men to be victims of intimate partner homicide1 , and that the majority of victims of spousal violence continue to be female, accounting for almost 80% of victims2.
  • The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime helps victims to address their needs, promotes their interests and makes recommendations to the federal government on issues that negatively impact victims.

Quotes

  • “Today is not only just a time for reflection and remembrance; it is a call to action. I encourage all Canadians find ways to come together in their communities to address this problem.”

Additional links:

Status of Women Canada:

http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/vaw-vff/remembrance-commemoration-en.html

Media contact:
Christina McDonald, Communications Manager
Tel: 613-957-4681
Email: Christina.McDonald@ombudsman.gc.ca

1http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2014001/article/14114/section01-eng.htm
2http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/150115/dq150115a-eng.htm