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Flag at half-mast for National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2016 — 

The flag on the Tier Building will be at half-mast on Dec. 6 to honour the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

“Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women,” says the federal Status of Women department on its website.

“As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society,” writes the Status of Women. “It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.”

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