National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
|National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women|
|Genre||Violence against women|
|Frequency||Annually each December 6|
|Inaugurated||1991 by the Parliament of Canada|
|Organised by||Parliament of Canada|
|National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women at Status of Women Canada|
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, also known informally as White Ribbon Day, is a day commemorated in Canada each December 6, the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre, in which fourteen women were singled out for their gender and murdered. It is often marked by vigils, discussions and other reflections on violence against women.
The commemoration date was established by the Parliament of Canada in 1991. The legislation was introduced in the House of Commons as a private member's bill by Dawn Black, Member of Parliament for New Westminster-Burnaby, B.C., and received all-party support.
Canadian flags on all federal buildings – including the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario – are flown at half-mast on December 6. In addition, Canadians are encouraged to observe a minute of silence on December 6 and to wear a white ribbon (or a purple ribbon) as a commitment to end violence against women.
- International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25
- Public holidays in Canada
- Stop Violence Against Women, a campaign of Amnesty International
- White Ribbon Campaign
- Staff (undated) "The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence". Status of Women Canada. Retrieved December 6, 2011. "December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women at the hands of Marc Lepine, a troubled young man who blamed his failures in life on women."
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