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It was on this day, 23 years ago, that 14 young women were murdered while attending class at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. The reason for their deaths? They were women. This act of violence shocked the nation and in 1991 the Parliament (government?) of Canada officially declared December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Not only does this day commemorate the lives of those 14 young women, but it also brings awareness to the greater issue in our society of gender-based violence. At Interval House this issue is a daily reality.
Take a moment today to remember and reflect on the lives lost, but also on the lives that are being restored. It is through awareness and action that you can bring real change and help the fight to end violence against women.
Click here for more information about the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.