It’s Dec. 6, a day many Canadians will remember the 14 women murdered on this day in 1989 at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.
To mark what has since been designated a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women St. John’s Status of Women Council Executive Director Jenny Wright took to social media this morning to share a list of 14 things “we can do everyday to end violence against women”.
14 Things We Can Do Everyday To End Violence Against Women
- Let us work together to break down the institutions that create and foster gender inequality, wherever we see it.
- Let us demand our government uphold the enshrined human rights of women in their entirety.
- Let us support women-serving organizations who do the bulk of violence prevention work and do it well.
- Let us never forget that violence against women is preventable. It is a learned behaviour and it can be unlearned.
- Let us not slut shame or victim blame.
- Let us believe women.
- Let us honour and foster feminism.
- Let us invest in school-based violence prevention programs, where girls and boys lean how to stop the violence — for good.
- Let us recognize violence against all women — including trans* women, senior and Indigenous women, sex workers, disabled, young and women new to our country.
- Let us collaborate, and let us disagree in safety.
- Let us hold each other accountable.
- Let us continue to fight for a fairer justice system.
- Let us challenge harmful representations of women in media.
- And, finally, let’s honour women’s history, including this day — December 6th.