The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is coming up Tuesday, Dec. 6.
In recognition of the day the Violence Awareness and Prevention Committee will hold a free luncheon on Dec. 6 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Rick Hansen room at City Hall.
There will be soup, sandwiches coffee and tea with guest speakers and a prayer to remember and honour those women who are or were victims of violence.
The committee invites the community to come out and commemorate this day together.
Dec. 6, 1989 was the day that 14 women were murdered at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.
They died because they were women.
As well as commemorating the 14 women whose lives ended, Dec. 6 represents an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality.
It is also a day in which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women.
Dec. 6 is more than about remembering, it is about doing.
This day provides the opportunity to reflect on the existence of violence in our own lives. It is also a way that we can think about the role we play and help break the cycle of violence.