December 6th, 2019
NDP Statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
A statement by Lindsay Mathyssen, NDP Critic for Women and Gender Equality
“On Dec 6, 1989 14 women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal were murdered because of their gender. An entire generation is still grieving as a result of this horrible act of violence.
This is an important time to raise Canadians' awareness of gender-based violence, a problem that unfortunately remains all too common in our society. We will never be rid of gender-based violence until we ensure that relations between women and men are based on equality, respect, solidarity, fairness, inclusion, and justice.
It is also vital to break the silence to ensure abusers are held accountable. We need to change mindsets and promote a culture of equality for all. This day is also a day of hope. We must have faith in our human capacity to keep improving.
On this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, let us stand up and commit to building a Canada where women and girls can live without the fear of violence.”