Statement on National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

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VICTORIA — New Democrat leader Adrian Dix and women’s issues critic Maurine Karagianis issued the following statement in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women:

“Today, we are joining thousands of other Canadians in remembering 14 young women who were killed at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal 24 years ago today.

Despite the important work that has been done to end violence against women, on this day we are reminded that this work is far from complete. Today, we remember those that have been lost, and the women and girls who spend each day living under the threat of violence.

In this province, more than 1,000 physical or sexual assaults against women take place each week. We must do better. Gender-based discrimination and violence affects everyone, and its impact is felt across the province. Every such act diminishes our society.

Whether our action is volunteering or donating to organizations that help women in need, or helping to end the silence that makes violence possible, we must all work together towards a future free of violence against girls and women.”