Why is it urgent for everyone to address gender-based violence?
Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.
Violence against women costs Canadians $7.4 billion to deal with the aftermath of spousal violence alone.
Children who witness violence in the home have twice the rate of psychiatric disorders as children from non-violent homes.
Each December 6th, The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, we come together to commemorate this national tragedy that happened over 30 years ago at École Polytechnique de Montréal. We also reflect on the troubling fact that gender-based violence continues to be a daily reality.
Gender-based violence rates were already at an all-time high, statistics have proven that COVID 19 has led to a dramatic increase.
We recognize that rates of violence are disproportionately higher when it comes to women of color, Indigenous women and girls, women with disabilities and women from LGBT2Q + communities.
This violence often has impacts on their physical, sexual and reproductive health. They may experience mental health issues and a reduced ability to participate in social and economic activities, leaving gaps in our workplaces and in our communities.
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women takes place on December 6 which falls within November 25 and December 10, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Now, more than ever we call on you to participate in our #CEIU16Daysof action. Gender-Based Violence impacts everyone and we all have a role to play in fighting against Gender-Based Violence and taking meaningful action to ensure that tragedies that happen daily, tragedies like l'École Polytechnique de Montréal never happen again.
It is through our activism that we are able to demand action from the government and we must continue to organize to put an end to gender-based violence.
While this is a time for remembering the lives lost to violence, it is also a time to act.
Please share this message widely, visit our website https://www.ceiu-seic.ca/16days and encourage everyone to take action to stop gender-based violence against women.
The CEIU National Women’s Committee