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Montreal Massacre memorial set for Wednesday in London

07 December 2017

Markham is the first municipality in the region to proclaim December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence against Women, Regional Coun.

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. 14 other people were injured in the shooting.

"With our history as women in education even, being able to strive and be what we want to be, dream those dreams, and become those dreams".

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To those who are still vulnerable, such as members of the LGBTQ2 community, Indigenous women, newcomers and disabled women, we will not tolerate discrimination and violence. Every year on this day, women and men across the country gather together to remember women and girls we have lost and to commit to action to address the ongoing violence in our communities.

The conference began with women placing 14 white roses on a table before a photo of the victims of the Montreal massacre.

"Hearing about the terrible tragedy that happened here was a real eye-opener for me, recognizing that even relatively recently there was a lot of violence towards women who wanted to pursue male-dominated fields", she said after the ceremony.

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Unions have been working on the issue of violence against women and girls for decades.

A co-founder of the Victim Justice Network, de Villiers said that while strides had been made in the effort to combat violence, more work is needed. Since the release of the survey results, some provinces have passed laws to provide domestic violence leave and more provinces are considering such legislation.

Women between the ages of 15 and 24 experience the highest rates of violence, with Indigenous women more than three times as likely to report being a victim of spousal violence as non-Indigenous woman. "But violence against women is still a very present-day problem, in both our countries".

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Trudeau said more must be done to speak out against gender-based violence against women and girls both in Canada and overseas. Men and women need to realize that violence against women will not end until men are an active part of the solution.

Montreal Massacre memorial set for Wednesday in London