December 6 is the National Day of Action and Remembrance of Violence Against Women in Canada. This is a day to reflect on the women who face violence and even death, as well as an opportunity to be a catalyst for change. It’s a day to remember the 14 female engineering students who were murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989 by an act of gender-based violence. Supporting those experiencing domestic violence by creating awareness around assault happening right now is a crucial step towards addressing violence towards women. Coming forward to get the attention they deserve can be intimidating. Knowing women will be supported in our society will increase the likelihood of coming forward for help.
There is help out there. United way of Saskatoon has an online directory called sk.211.ca.
There is a white ribbon campaign men have been involved in that works towards ending violence towards women here.
Saskatchewan Federation of Labour has partnered with Hillberg and Berk to support survivors of domestic violence. You can support them here by purchasing a pair of earrings.
SEIU-West Young Worker’s Committee has a contest:
Wear red in support of the Day of Action and Remembrance of Violence Against Women on December 6. Take a picture and send it to Dennel.Pickering@seiuwest.ca that day.
The prizes are 2 bracelets, 2 necklaces and 2 pairs of earrings from the SFL Hillberg and Berk partnership where all proceeds support survivors of domestic violence.
Violence is unacceptable. We all need to stand up and say, “Everyone deserves to be safe!” and “We are here for you, sister!”
Download a printable PDF poster here to post on your workplace bulletin board!