Friday, December 2, 2011

Municipal Building Flags at Half-mast: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Flags will be flown at half-mast at the Municipal Complex on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from sunrise to sunset, marking the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day commemorates the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal  in 1989.

This day also represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

Flags at the Legislature Building in Edmonton, McDougall Centre in Calgary, and Government of Canada Buildings will also be flown at half- mast on December 6, 2011.

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