Statement by Minister Broten on National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Today, Laurel Broten, Minister Responsible for Women's Issues, released the following statement in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women:
"On Dec. 6, 1989, tragedy struck at L'École Polytechnique de Montréal. Fourteen individuals were shot and killed for one reason -- they were women.
To honour the victims -- Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, and Annie Turcotte -- each year we recognize December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
We remember the countless women who have lost their lives to gender-based violence and the women around the world who continue to experience it.
Although 23 years have passed since that tragic event, women are still at risk.
Inequality in any form reinforces violence against women. And we have seen this result in the sexual exploitation of women through human trafficking and in the high number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women across Canada, as just two examples.
We have a shared responsibility to help end violence against women by challenging the attitudes that spread inequality.
Working together, we can ensure that girls are safe, secure and confident in their classrooms and while pursuing their dreams. Together, we can achieve a future where men and women are treated equally and women are treated with respect. We can make gender inequality a thing of the past.
To the families of all women and girls who have been murdered or are missing and to the survivors of gender-based violence across Ontario and around the world comes our commitment to continue to work together to end violence against women and girls."