National Women's Committee

More than three decades and how far have we come?


In 2019, we mark 30 years since the tragedy that killed 14 women on December 6, 1989 at École Polytechnique in Montréal. This year, CEIU would like to highlight the 30th anniversary of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with 16 days of remembrance and activism in commemoration of these 14 women.


Please join us starting on November 25 for 16 actions over 16 days:

1. Nov 25: Share this campaign on social media with the hashtag #CEIU16days

2. Nov 26: Donate to a women’s shelter

3. Nov 27: Check in with someone who may be experiencing domestic violence

4. Nov 28: Support our bargaining team in the fight for domestic violence leave

5. Nov 29: Speak out and challenge sexist language when you hear it

6. Nov 30: Support organizations related to gender-based violence

7. Dec 1: Educate yourself about consent

8. Dec 2: Encourage women to pursue studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

9. Dec 3: Watch the film Polytechnique

10. Dec 4: Talk to your coworkers about domestic violence

11. Dec 5: Ask for domestic violence training in your workplace

12. Dec 6: Attend a vigil for The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

13. Dec 7: Volunteer at a women’s shelter

14. Dec 8: Lobby your political representative for increased funding for women’s organizations

15. Dec 9: Lobby your political representative about strengthening gun control *

16. Dec 10: Learn how to be an ally

* Canada has the fourth highest rate of gun-related deaths among OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries (source: https://www.canadianwomen.org/blog/gun-violence-against-women-and-girls-is-preventable/)

When guns are present in the home, women and children are more likely to die (source: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/85-002-x/2013001/article/11805/11805-2-eng.htm)

Under current firearm regulations, the Ruger Mini-14, used in the mass femicide at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989, remains unregulated (source: https://www.canadianwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Canadian-Womens-Foundation-Submission-Dialogue-on-handguns-and-assault-weapons-FINAL.pdf
Women comprise 80% of those killed by intimate partners annually. (source: David, Homicide in Canada 2016, Statistics Canada, 2017.)