December 6th Vigil against violence against women
'Because women are women'

December 1, 2016

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On December 6 1989, 14 female engineering students at l’Ecole Polytechnique were gunned down because they were women.

In September, 2016, the federal inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) acknowledged that between1,200 and 4,000 indigenous women are missing or have been murdered since 2000.

In October, 2016, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) released a report on family violence which included the following statistics: “Police reports showed that there were over 85,000 victims of family violence in Canada (2014 - most recent data). When dating violence is included, this number increases to 133,920 victims. About 96,000 of these victims were women and almost 20,000 were under the age of 20 years.”

In the past few months, there have been numerous reports of sexual assaults on women by male celebrities, and we have seen misogyny become a political tool in the recent US election.

Gender-based violence continues to be one of the most troubling social issues we face.

Why does it happen?

The United Nations through the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the World Health Organization state that violence against women is a major global public health problem and human rights violation, and the key risk factor is gender - because women are women.

On Tuesday December 6, 2016, CFUW Southport asks you to join us to remember the young victims of gender-based violence in 1989 - the 27th annual Vigil that Southport has led. The Vigil will be held at Coulter Park in Port Elgin at noon.

We also ask you to show with your presence that we stand with women and girls who are still experiencing violence today. Finally, we ask that with your presence you are saying to this community that violence against women will not be tolerated.

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