OTTAWA – Students remember and continue to challenge sexism and misogyny on campuses across Canada.
“On December 6, we mark the day that fourteen women were murdered on their campus because they were women,” said Bilan Arte, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. “A full generation later, gender-based violence and discrimination continues in our communities, including on college and university campuses.”
Gender based violence is the most widespread and persistent human rights violation in the world, disproportionately targeting women of colour, Indigenous women and girls, two spirited people, women with disabilities, and LGBTQ people, especially teams women of colour. In Canada more than 50% of women will experience violence at some point in their lives, most before the age of 25. In a given year, more than one of every ten Canadian women suffer physical abuse at the hands of their partners and 25% of women undergraduate students experience some form of sexual assault.
“Students will not stand by while our institutions fail to both support survivors and take action to prevent violence,” added Arte. “From continuing to push Nova Scotia’s Bill 114 to Manitoba’s recently tabled legislation students are driving actions to end sexual and gender based violence on our campuses”
Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This day marks the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique murders.
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada’s largest student organisation, uniting more than one- half million students in all ten provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.
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