Summerside service marks day of prevention of violence against women

Fourteen candles were lit at the B.C. legislature on Wednesday to honour the victims of the Montreal Massacre

During a trip to China, Trudeau took part in a candle-lighting ceremony at the Canadian Consulate in Guangzhou to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Founded by a group of Charlottetown men who wanted to contribute to making society a safer place for women, Man Up has slowly but steadily grown its membership to about 30 and has started to host events to help the cause. "On December 6, we take time to remember and to re-commit to the work that needs to be done to end violence against women".

"Now I think it has to be attitudes to women and men being proud of changing their attitudes".

Violence against women and girls is not just a women's issue.

Victims of violence are also gathering at Barrie city hall on Wednesday night for a ceremony and to remember the Dec.6, 1989 massacre. A victim, her mother says, of someone with a violent past who targeted women. Each woman's name was read out.

To those who are still vulnerable, such as members of the LGBTQ2 community, Indigenous women, newcomers and disabled women, we will not tolerate discrimination and violence.

The two dozen or so people who attended the brief outdoor ceremony stood in silence, some wiping away tears as they remembered the Montreal Massacre, when a gunman shot the 14 women to death and injured 14 other people on December 6, 1989. Nirmala Armstrong, herself once a victim of domestic violence, said.

"I'd like to suggest that all of our suffering is connected as is our freedom from it", says Bertsch.

"They're stepping up and recognizing that gender-based violence is not okay", Keefer said. "Together we have a responsibility to foster a culture of respect and inclusion".

Canadians have the support of this Government, whether it be through the first federal strategy to prevent and address gender-based violence, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the National Housing Strategy, and investments in shelters.

"They were promising engineering students, murdered for one reason: they were women", Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean said in a statement.

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