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December 6 marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 2, 2016 at 11:12am

On December 6th, 1989, 14 women were murdered in Montreal at l’École Polytechnique in an act of gender-based violence. As we commemorate the day we must remember that violence is experienced by women and girls across our country, and around the world, every day.

We all have a responsibility to take action to eliminate gender-based violence.

Your Union works diligently to ensure that your collective agreement includes important language to prevent harassment and violence in the workplace. We, along with many other Unions, continue to lobby for enhanced legislation to protect victims of domestic violence as well. This includes providing paid leave, the ability to take unpaid leave when reasonable, and for employers to provide flexible arrangements when they know an employee is experiencing domestic violence.

UN Women marks #16days of action to end gender-based violence around the world, beginning on November 25 through to December 10. Their #orangetheworld campaign highlights the achievements made and the struggles we still face in every country around the globe.

Join the conversation by lobbying your own Member of Parliament to fight for better protection, post to your own social media using hashtags like #notokay, #orangetheworld, and #1u.