On December 6, 1989, 13 female students and a female administrator at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal were murdered because they were women.
The impact of their deaths led Parliament to designate Dec. 6 as a national day of remembrance.
Members of the Comox Valley community came together Thursday at noon to remember the women and take action on violence against women in front of the Comox Valley Art Gallery.
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is about remembering victims; it is also a time to take action.
Every six days, a woman is murdered by a current or former partner. Over the last 40 years, approximately 1,200 Indigenous women have gone missing or have been murdered in Canada.
The day represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the fact that women in Canada, and around the world, continue to face disproportionate levels of violence each and every day.
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.