As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society.
Violence against women is the world’s largest and most persistent human rights violation, and Canada is no exception. Over 50% of Canadian women will experience an incident of violence at some point in their lives, the majority before they turn 25. In most cases, women know their abuser.
Women are more likely than men to be the victims of the most severe forms of intimate partner abuse, including spousal homicide, sexual assault and stalking.
Young women experience the highest rates of violence and the rate of violence by boyfriends is on the rise.
Almost 40% of women in Canada who reported assault by an intimate partner said their children witnessed the violence and in many cases the violence was severe.
In half of the cases of intimate partner violence against women that were witnessed by children, the woman feared for her life.
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women also provides an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence.
Here’s a list of some of the events taking place across Ontario to commemorate this special day. We’d like to encourage our membership to take part and stand for change. Let’s stop violence against all people.
Thursday December 6 2012
Philosopher's Walk. South side of Bloor, West of Avenue Road Toronto, Ontario, Canada All welcome. Bring a rose and candle. Ceremony goes on regardless of weather.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
College Hospital, Cummings Auditorium Toronto
December 6, 2012 - 2:45pm
Location: Owen Sound Library
824 1st Ave W
Owen Sound, ON
Phone: 519 376 1560
December 6th, 2012
Brockville Rowing Club
Vigil and entertainment at 7:00 pm
Walk to Women’s Memorial at 8:30 pm
Thursday December 6, 2012
Army, Navy, Air Force Club
7 George St, Unit 356
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Thursday December 6th, 2012
Memory Garden in Pinafore Park,
St. Thomas at 5:30 p.m.
(89 Elm Street; Memory Garden is on left side near entrance)
December 6th from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Candlelight Memorial Service,
Trinity United Church
30 South Algoma Street
ORANGEVILLE December 6, 2012
Location: Family Transition Place, 20 Bredin Parkway, Orangeville
December 6, 2012
Caledon Public Library, Albion-Bolton Branch,
150 Queen Street South, Bolton
Thursday, December 6th
6:30 – 8:30
Midland Public Library
320 King St.
Thursday, December 6th, 2012
5:30 – 6:30 PM Auditorium
Lyle S. Hallman
Faculty of Social Work building
120 Duke St. W.
December 6th, 2012
Memorial at monument outside between Dillon Hall and Essex Hall University Of Windsor
5:00 pm to 5:30 pm
all guests are invited over to the Oak Room for food and refreshments and a panel discussion after Jeniffer – Community Living Burlington – home phone -905-563-3741, Jennwilsonseiulocal1@hotmail.com
December 06, 2012
2:00 pm until 3:00 pm
Gilmour Hall 111
Thursday, December 6th, 5:30 pm
Women’s Monument, Victoria Park