Dec 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an annual international campaign designed to raise awareness and direct action towards ending gender-based violence. The campaign runs each year from November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10 - International Human Rights Day, emphasizing that violence against women is a Human rights issue.

Institutions, organizations and individuals can participate in the “16 Days Campaign” in numerous ways, including: community mobilization, information and resource sharing, designing media and art, and policy advocacy.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

On December 6th 1989, 14 women were murdered in a mass shooting at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal simply because they were women. Every year on this day, Canadians across the country take time to remember the women killed in this massacre, and to honour the women who die in acts of violence each year.

The “Montreal Massacre,” as it came to be known, was a watershed moment. It was clearly an anti-feminist attack as the killer purposely separated the women from the men in order to shoot the women. This event sparked a new dialogue within and beyond the women’s equality-seeking public. How could such an atrocity take place? What actions could we take individually and collectively to ensure it never happened again?

In addition to honouring the lives lost, we must acknowledge the suffering of countless women and girls who continue to face abuse in their daily realities. We must recognize the toll gender-based violence is taking on all of us – women, men, children, neighbourhoods, communities and workplaces. Society as a whole is negatively impacted and we cannot let this continue.

If you are experiencing violence and need help, visit list of available resources in Manitoba.

Listed below are the names and pictures of those killed at l'École Polytechnique in 1989.

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
Annie Turcotte


Manitoba Status of Women commemorates this day annually with a Memorial, honouring the 14 women killed this day in 1989 and to remember the women in Manitoba who died this year in an act of violence.