December 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On this day each year, we commemorate the massacre of 14 women at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal.
This year marks the 20th anniversary since the 1989 tragedy. HEU and other labour organizations across the country are acting to end violence against women by supporting the “20 Days – 20 Ways” postcard campaign spearheaded by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). The Congress and its affiliate unions have asked people to return these postcards to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
These postcards urge the Prime Minister to improve the lives of women by increasing funding to women’s and children’s shelters, providing equal pay for work of equal value, implementing a nationally funded child care program, establishing better public pensions and access to Employment Insurance, asking for investment in new social housing, and setting a national standard for welfare rates.
HEU’s annual sticker honours the memory of these women and supports the call to end violence against women.