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Violence against women is not acceptable. As unionists and activists, we have the power to help end violence against women.

Downloadable December 6 poster. Print and display it in your workplace. A high-resolution version is available below.

Statement by
Ken Neumann
USW National Director

December 6 is the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre of 1989, when 14 female engineering students were murdered at Montreal's École Polytechnique, targeted because they were women. In 1991, the Parliament of Canada declared December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Canadians were outraged by this senseless act of violence against women. We have never forgotten the 14 murdered women and every year, we recommit to ending violence against women.

Women and Violence

  • Women are three times more likely than men to be killed by their spouse.
  • Homicide is the number one killer of women in the workplace.
  • Each week, one to two women are murdered by a current or former partner.
  • Up to 360,000 children in Canada are exposed to domestic violence every year.

Violence against women is not acceptable. As unionists and activists, we have the power to help end violence against women.

The Harper government, which claims to be tough on crime, is advancing a legislative agenda that represents a setback to ending violence against women.

One of the first things Stephen Harper did when he became Prime Minister was to shut down 12 of the 16 Status of Women offices across the country. Then he cut funding for Status of Women by 38 per cent.

These attacks on women's organizations are not moving us in the right direction. These attacks are setbacks we will beat back!

Even the smallest actions count. We make a difference when we speak out against bullying, harassment and discrimination. We make a difference when unions raise the issue of violence at the bargaining table, or in our advocacy. We make a difference when we display anti-violence posters in our workplaces.

The latest issue of our USW magazine, USW@Work, includes a pull-out poster you can display in your workplace. Erasing violence is everyone's responsibility.

On December 6, Steelworkers take part in remembrance vigils and events across the country as part of our commitment to ending violence against women.

Ken Neumann
USW National Director

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Please print and display this USW anti-violence poster and email a photo of it in your workplace to communications@usw.ca. We'll post your photos on our website.