For Immediate Release
December 6th, 2016
Mayor Crombie’s Statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Mayor Bonnie Crombie issued the following statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women:
“Twenty-seven years ago today, 14 female engineering students at L’ École Polytechnique were murdered by a heinous act of gender-based violence – simply because they were women.
“Let today serve as a reminder that despite the progress we have made, there is still lots of work to be done to achieve full and substantive gender equality. We must reaffirm our commitment to the ongoing work for gender equality everywhere.
“Violence against women is an ongoing issue with half of all women in Canada having experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. This is unacceptable.
“The number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada is disproportionately high. We must do more to ensure the safety of our women and girls in all our communities.
“As we mark the 27th anniversary of this horrific day, we must recommit ourselves to raising awareness of and taking action to eliminate gender-based violence against all women. I encourage all of you to reflect on actions we can all take in our daily lives to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and members of council, I join with all Mississaugans and Canadians in memory of the tragedy that occurred on December 6, 1989. We mourn with the families of the 14 women that were victims of this horrible act of violence and we stand together to demonstrate that violence against women will never be tolerated.”