CUPE Manitoba marks December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women

December 6 is 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 1989 École Polytechnique massacre, where 14 women were murdered because of their gender.

Gender-based discrimination and violence remain widespread in our workplaces and communities. CUPE recognizes that such violence has particular impacts on Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQI women and women with disabilities.

“This is a day to remember lives lost as a result of gender-based violence, but it is also a time to take action,” said CUPE Manitoba President Gord Delbridge. “CUPE continues to challenge violence against women at the bargaining table, on the political front and in our communities. Let’s all work together to put an end to violence against women.”

On December 6, candlelight vigils, memorial services, and other events are being held throughout Manitoba and across the country.

We will never forget…

Geneviève Bergeron was 21 years old

Hélène Colgan was 23 years old

Nathalie Croteau was 23 years old

Barbara Daigneault was 22 years old

Anne‐Marie Edward was 21 years old

Maud Haviernick was 29 years old

Barbara Maria Klucznik was 31 years old

Maryse Leclair was 23 years old

Annie St‐Arneault was 23 years old

Michèle Richard was 21 years old

Maryse Laganière, CUPE member, was 25 years old

Anne‐Marie Lemay was 22 years old

Annie Turcotte was 21 years old

Sonia Pelletier was 23 years old