National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 6, 2016
Today the Town of Peace River joins with Canadians across the province for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Flags at municipal buildings and locations are at half mast.
We commemorate this day because on December 6, 1989 a man who claimed he was “fighting feminism” murdered 14 women at École Polytechnique in Montreal. Since 1991 the day has been marked nationally to both remember those who have suffered do to misogyny but also to encourage action to end violence against women.
Across Alberta, incidences of domestic violence are one the rise. According to the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters more than 5,030 women sought emergency shelter from domestic violence between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016. That number is up from just over 4,900 the year earlier.
Things you can do:
- Wear a white or purple ribbon.
- Educate your children, particularly boys, on respect for all people at early age. This includes things like respecting boundaries, consent and equality.
- Lead by example, in the household, in the workplace, everywhere.
- Remember that it comes down to respect.
- Donate to the Peace River Regional Women’s Shelter http://www.prrws.com/index.html