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Tracey Perry, Status of Women Critic for the Official Opposition, is remembering the many victims of violence against women, including the 14 victims of the December 6, 1989 massacre of 14 women who were studying engineering at Montreal’s...
Thursday, December 6, 2018

St. John’s, NL (December 6, 2018) – Tracey Perry, Status of Women Critic for the Official Opposition, is remembering the many victims of violence against women, including the 14 victims of the December 6, 1989 massacre of 14 women who were studying engineering at Montreal’s École Polytechnique.  The students were targeted because they were women.  The anniversary has since been commemorated as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Each year, the names of the 14 women are read aloud as they are remembered: Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, and Annie Turcotte.

This is also the time of year when people throughout the community raise awareness of violence against women through the Purple Ribbon Campaign, which includes the International 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (November 25 to December 10).

Canadians are also supporting the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.  At the “In Her Name Vigil” at Colonial Building on October 4, the names of more than 120 women and girls of Newfoundland and Labrador were read aloud to be honoured and remembered.  This list contained the names of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women and girls.

Members of the House of Assembly united this past year in passing legislation to expand the definition of family violence, extend work leave to people subjected to family violence and combat revenge porn.  Members also united to develop a new Legislature-Specific Harassment Policy and to penalize behaviour that crossed the line.

“Gender-based violence is not acceptable, and we must all do our part in creating a safer society.  While the changes to theFamily Violence Protection Act, the new harassment-free workplace policy and the amendments to the Labour Standards Acthelp, much more work still needs to be done.  We must consult with community partners and organizers who work each and every day to prevent gender-based violence and who help provide support to victims of violence.  These community partners have firsthand knowledge and experience which we can all benefit from.  I look forward to having more conversations in the future as we all work to eliminate gender-based violence,” said Perry.

 

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BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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