OTTAWA, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Students across Canada are marking the
National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women by
continuing to work to end violence against women on campuses and in
"On December 6 we remember the 14 women who were murdered on their
campus 23 years ago simply because they were women," said Jessica
McCormick, National Deputy Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students. "These women were targeted because of their presence in the
traditionally male-dominated field of engineering, and for representing
the advancement of women."
In Canada, more than 50% of women will experience violence at some point
in their lives, most before the age of 25. Approximately 25% of women
undergraduate students experience some form of sexual abuse. At its
most recent annual general meeting, the Canadian Federation of Students
vowed to support local students' unions efforts to make campuses safer
"Students continue to play a key role in the fight to end violence
against women and in challenging misogyny and oppression that exists on
campuses," says McCormick. "University and college administrations must
take concrete actions to improve campus safety for all women."
Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, December 6 is the
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This
day marks the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique murders.
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organisation, uniting more than one-half million students in all ten
provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor
organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Jessica McCormick, National Deputy Chairperson, (613) 232-7394