National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Dec 6, 2019

Canada’s Building Trades Unions recognize December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.



Thirty-years ago today, a man walked into Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique and opened fire killing 14 young women studying to be engineers.

“December 6 marks the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, and also provides an opportunity to speak out against gender-based violence. No woman, or man, should have to live in fear at home or at work,” said Director, Arlene Dunn. “What happened in Montreal, serves as a stark reminder that each of us needs to commit strongly to breaking down barriers and leveling the playing field so that the idea that a woman doesn’t belong in a certain occupation, or at a certain university becomes a thing of the past.”

The Canadian government has the opportunity to do more than just mark the anniversary, but instead inspire action by ratifying International Labour Convention C-190, the first-ever global treaty on violence and harassment in the world of work. Through the Canadian Labour Congress, you can sign a letter to the Prime Minister urging the new federal government to move forward on this issue:

“We need leaders in our industry to ensure that women are not only welcomed on our job sites, but are made to feel respected, and safe. We have training materials and programs like Build Together to assist in this process, because when women succeed, we all do. But we need to take concrete steps to make that happen, and that’s what we hope to see from this government, to mark this heartbreaking anniversary, in memory of those lives lost,” concluded Dunn.