On December 6th, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, we remember the names of the women who were murdered at Ecole Polytechnique 34 years ago on this day.
The facts about gender-based violence:
- In 2022, 184 women and girls were violently killed in Canada, primarily by men. One woman or girl is killed every 48 hours.
- Indigenous women are killed at nearly seven times the rate of non-Indigenous women.
- Women with disabilities, young women, immigrant women, lesbian and bisexual women, and trans women all face higher than average rates of gender-based violence.
- There has been an increase in femicide in the last few years: in 2020, 160 women and girls were killed by violence, in 2021, it increased to 173 and in 2022, to 184.
While this is a time for remembering the lives lost to violence, it is also a time to act. CEIU encourages all of our members to participate in our #CEIU16Days of activism. 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.