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 #CEIU16Days of activism. 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/CEIU16daysofactivism and encourage everyone to take action to stop gender-based violence against women.
The CEIU National Women’s Committee
Day one: Be an ally!
Day two: Learn and share hand signals for help
Day three: Ask for domestic violence training in your workplace from your CEIU Regional Women’s Committee
Day Four: Participate in the White Ribbon Campaign
Day Five: Speak out and challenge sexist, racist and other problematic language when you hear it
Day Six: Watch the film Polytechnique
Day Seven: Educate yourself and others about consent (watch this three-minute video)
Day Eight: Promote www.timeforchildcare.ca to ensure economic stability for women
Day Nine: Lobby your political representative about strengthening gun control
Day Ten: Work to ensure diverse voices are included wherever decisions are being made
Day Eleven: Read the Action Plan on Indigenous Women, Girls, and Gender-Diverse People
Day Twelve: Attend a virtual vigil for The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Day Thirteen: Lobby your political representative for increased funding for women’s organizations. If you can donate to a Women’s Shelter.
Day Fourteen: Support organizations related to gender-based violence
Day Fifteen: Learn about the Moosehide campaign
Day Sixteen: Human Rights Day EQUALITY - Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights