December 6, 2022
Today, we mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It is a day of reflection, but must also be seen as a day of action. For too long, we have seen the results of neglect and abuse. Today, let us all take a moment to reflect on the many women who have lost their lives to violence. The 14 women killed in the Polytechnique Montréal attack on December 6, 1989. Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls who suffer because of who they are. All the women who are victims of racism, inaction and misogyny—so often unseen and ignored.
It is time to acknowledge the past and to speak out about how the pandemic has increased abusive behaviours. We need to work with men to help them understand what women face on a daily basis and what they can do to be allies. We must all make a change through our words and actions, to protect women and to protect our families, who are affected by any type of violence.
Change is necessary, not just on this national day, but every day. We must not let what progress we have made end here. We must not give up.
We can continue to make a difference by recognizing when women need help. More than that, though, we have to speak up and transform our thinking and behaviours to prevent violence in the first place. It is important to have tough conversations with family and friends, and with young people. Addressing the hard truths is what will truly make an impact.
As we mark this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, let us work together to create a safer world for everyone.
Rideau Hall Press Office