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Ken Neumann’s Statement for December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

On December 6, we remember the women murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, and all women whose lives have been taken by those who put no value on them.

Canada still sees unacceptably high rates of violence against women, and especially against Indigenous, racialized, and disabled women and gender non-binary people. It’s right that we keep pressure on all levels of government to change the policies and systems that keep women in harm’s way.

But don’t forget the power that each one of us has to change attitudes within our families, social networks, and workplaces.

Hear a buddy tell a joke that degrades women? Refuse to laugh and say, “That’s not cool.” See a Facebook post that degrades women? Refuse to share or like it, and post a reply, “I don’t agree with that.”  Small actions can have a huge impact. Many small actions together can change our culture, and save lives.

December 6 is a reminder for us to take action to end violence against women. Acting to end the problem is one of the best ways to honour and remember those whose lives have been taken.

In solidarity,

Ken Neumann
National Director

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