Monday, December 05, 2011

Tomorrow Morning (December 6, 2011) at the Leg - Sunrise Ceremony

December 5, 2011


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Violence Against Women Robs Us All of Their Contribution to Society: Howard
Labour and Immigration Minister Jennifer Howard, minister responsible for the status of women, invites all Manitobans to attend the Sunrise Memorial to commemorate Canada’s Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women at the Legislative Building tomorrow at 8 a.m.
This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the tragic day when 14 young women who were engineering students at École Polytechnique in Montreal were murdered because of their gender and career choice.
“On this day we also take time to remember all women who are murdered or experience violence by partners, family members and strangers throughout this country and recommit ourselves to take action against all forms of violence in our society,” said Howard.  “Sadly, more than 20 years after the tragic events in Montreal, violence against women continues to be a serious issue that impacts us all – women, men, children, neighbourhoods, workplaces and communities.  We must all work together on addressing the inequalities that are at the heart of all gender-based violence.”
This year’s program will include a presentation by guest speaker Francine Pelletier, an acclaimed journalist, who was working in Montreal at the time of the École Polytechnique murders.
“On this solemn anniversary, I want to reaffirm our government’s commitment to making Manitoba a place where all people can feel safe in their homes and in their communities,” said Howard.  “Our government is committed to promoting women’s equality and working to eliminate violence against women.  Each one of us has the power and responsibility to speak out against violence and to help create a province where people can build their futures in safe, supportive communities.”
Following the program, refreshments will be provided.  Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for children at the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre.  Financial contributions are also welcome.
Tomorrow, Howard will also attend the Manitoba Federation of Labour’s Memorial Luncheon where she will read a proclamation designating Dec. 6 a day of remembrance in the province of Manitoba, in recognition of all women who have died as a result of acts of violence.
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