SUMMERSIDE – Dec. 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.
Established by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at L'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. The 14 women were singled out for their gender.
This year's service in Summerside will be held at the Presbyterian Church on Victoria Road at 12:10 p.m. The guest speaker will be Janice Sherry, minister of Environment, Labour, Justice and Attorney General.
The service is being co-ordinated by partners East Prince Women's Information Centre and Action Femmes IPE.
Candles will be lit for each of the 14 women murdered in Montreal and nine women murdered on P.E.I. by an intimate partner.
Dec. 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society, noted Andy Lou Somers from the East Prince Women's Information Centre.
"It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who died as a result of gender-based violence."
Purple ribbons and bilingual bookmarks are available at the East Prince Women's Information Centre, 109 Water St., Summerside.
The theme for the Purple Ribbon Campaign this year is "Consent. Sex without consent is a crime."
For some, sexual interactions can be very violent, hurtful, abusive and extremely damaging. Sexual violence denies the consent of one partner; often, that person is a woman, noted Somers.
Consensual sexual activity is about respect, gender equality and non-violence.