Commemorating the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Hello members,
On this day of December 6, we stand together to observe the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This significant day serves as a reminder of the tragic events at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal, where 14 young women lost their lives to an act of senseless violence. It is a day to honour their memory and reflect on the broader issue of gender-based violence that affects countless lives.
In commemorating this day, we acknowledge the importance of fostering a society free from violence, where individuals can live without fear and discrimination. It is a solemn occasion to remember those who have experienced gender-based violence and to pay tribute to the resilience of survivors. Beyond remembrance, this day serves as a call to action, urging us to play an active role in eliminating all forms of violence against women.
As members of USW Local 1944, we have the power to effect change in our communities. Here are some actionable steps you can take to contribute to the collective effort to end violence against women:
  • Educate and Raise Awareness: Spread awareness about the impact of gender-based violence by sharing information and resources within your network.
  • Support Survivor Organizations: Contribute to organizations that provide support and resources to survivors of gender-based violence.
  • Advocate for Policy Change: Stay informed about legislative efforts aimed at addressing and preventing violence against women.
  • Promote Healthy Relationships: Encourage conversations about healthy relationships within your community and workplace. Foster an environment that rejects violence and promotes respect and equality.
  • Attend Events and Workshops: Participate in events and workshops focused on raising awareness about gender-based violence. By staying informed, you contribute to creating a more informed and compassionate community.
  • Be a Supportive Ally: Stand up against sexist attitudes and behaviors. Be a supportive ally to those who have experienced or are at risk of gender-based violence.
  • Encourage Open Dialogue: Create opportunities for open dialogue about gender-based violence, breaking down stigmas and fostering a culture of empathy and understanding.
By collectively taking these actions, we can contribute to the larger movement striving to eradicate violence against women and create a safer, more equitable society for all. Together, as members of USW Local 1944, let us commemorate this day not just in remembrance but also in dedicated action towards a future free from gender-based violence.
In Solidarity,
USW Local 1944