OTTAWA, Nov. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, today issued the following statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women:
"Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It also marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Canada and around the world.
These 16 days remind all Canadians of the awful reality that women and girls face violence and the threat of violence on a daily basis. They include December 6th, Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On this solemn occasion, we remember the tragic murder of 14 cherished young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989 who were killed because they were women.
This year's theme for the 16 Days of Activism is #Actions Matter.
The Government of Canada is challenging all Canadians to think about ways we can stop gender-based violence in our homes, schools, and communities now and throughout the year. With small steps we can end gender-based violence once and for all."
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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
SOURCE Status of Women Canada
For further information: Inquiries: Matthew Pascuzzo, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Status of Women, 613-291-5561; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and Public Affairs, Status of Women Canada, 819-420-6810