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CFUW Sunshine Coast Press Release, November 27, 2017 - In remembrance of women who lost their lives to violence and in the hope of recognizing that such violence is ongoing.
Twenty-eight years ago, Canada was shaken by the mass murder of 14 young women at Ecole Polytechnic. A stunned country was shocked into an awareness of gender-based violence and the profound cost incurred. On December 6th, the Canadian Federation of University Women commemorates and honours the lives of all who have died from gender-based violence. In 2017, violence against women continues to be a major tragedy, with no significant reduction of the problem: data on police-reported violent crimes reveal that 80% of the victims are women. The prevalence of toxic attitudes and violent acts towards women can only highlight the need for a reflection on social and institutional structures that promote these acts.
The recent social media #METOO trend saw many women sharing stories of sexual harassment and assault, underlining the need for a change of attitude towards women. Being aware of the collective impact of these attitudes and acts is the first step towards transforming our surroundings and confronting this overwhelmingly destructive issue. Violence against women concerns everyone. On December 6th, recognize that violence against women knows no boundaries: it occurs everywhere. Begin a conversation about respect towards young girls, older women, women across our nation today.
CFUW SC 2017 Report to BC Council
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