Ceremonies remember victims of domestic, gender base violence

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Janice Kennedy was talking about the three women murdered in this province alone in the past year as she addressed people in attendance at the Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville.

The speakers reflect on the horrors of that day, but also talk about the challenge many still face in a society where gender equality is still far from won. He shot and killed 14 women, while injuring 14 others.

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Roses will be laid in memory of local women and the 14 women of the Montreal Massacre who have been murdered by men.

In Ottawa, flags at all city sites will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

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"Today, let's all take a moment to remember not only the young women killed in Montreal, but all women whose lives have been lost to violence", said Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President. "If they're in the workplace and if they are being harassed or any type of violence, that they will feel more confident to come forward - because all those women are being heard now and things are being done about it", she said.

"It brought a very acute spotlight onto violence against women that it just doesn't happen in our homes or in far away places".

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Specifically, in 2015, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), of which the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is an affiliate, partnered with the University of Western Ontario to conduct the first-ever Canadian survey on domestic violence in the workplace. Even when a person insists they meant nothing by it, it still promotes a culture of violence and discrimination that has serious and real impact on women. As part of this effort, we invite Canadians to share what they will do to end this violence by using the hashtag #MYActionsMatter and to take a pledge to help end gender-based violence. Women are also more likely than men to be victims of spousal abuse, homicide or sexual assault. We recognize the disproportionately high levels of violence faced by Indigenous women and girls, and trans individuals.

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