NATIONAL DAY of REMEMBRANCE and ACTION on VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN – December 6, 2010 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – The SD&G Coalition for Social Justice and The Cornwall & District Labour Council will be holding a candlelight vigil and documentary viewing in commemoration of the Montreal Massacre at l’École Polytechnique and in honour of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.
The candlelight vigil will be held on the steps of the Cornwall Justice Building – 340 Pitt Street, at 6 pm and will be attended by representatives from local agencies that work to end violence against women. There will also be a viewing of the documentary “After the Montreal Massacre,” at the Cornwall Regional Art Gallery – 168 Pitt Street following the candlelight vigil.
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.

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