Speech by Robyn Benson, Regional Executive Vice-President for the Prairie Region, presented at the AFL Women’s Committee Brunch for National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women on December 4, 2011.
YWCA Canada’s Rose Campaign to end violence against women and girls takes its name from the rose button created after 14 young women were murdered on December 6, 1989 and commemorates December 6 as Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
This past year has seen great achievements and victories for Sisters in our union and on March 8, 2011, we stand together with millions around the world to celebrate International Women’s Day and inspire women.
On December 6, 1989, 14 women were murdered at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women. Now, more than 20 years later, we honour these victims and their families and remind ourselves that we must continue to stand up in protest of violence against women and take action to eliminate it from our society.