Candlelight vigil to mark Day of Action Against gender violence

Cowichan Women Against Violence Society invites community members to attend a candlelit vigil of Remembrance, Awareness and Action on Dec. 6

Cowichan Women Against Violence Society invites community members to attend a candlelit vigil of Remembrance, Awareness and Action on Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. at Sands Funeral Chapel in Duncan.

In 1991, the Parliament of Canada established the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women as an annual day of mourning and remembrance for the 14 young women murdered on Dec.6, 1989 at École Polytechnique in Montreal. Today, this annual vigil has expanded in acknowledgement that gender-based violence continues to be a brutal reality for many women and their children and for gender variant people every day in homes and workplaces, on the streets, and at schools and campuses.

In recent years, violence against women has been highlighted in the Cowichan Valley by several tragic stories. As a result, our consciousness of violence has been raised in a new way. But this doesn’t address the everyday impact that gender-based violence has on our community and across our country.

Of all the provinces, B.C. has the highest rate of violence against women. An estimated 80 per cent of aboriginal women have been assaulted or abused. And as many as 90 per cent of women with disabilities have been assaulted or abused.

Using definitions from the Criminal Code of Canada, 30 per cent of women have been physically or sexually assaulted by a man at least once. CWAV Society’s Social Action Committee seeks to involve the community in the conversation about missing and murdered women and the extreme risk of violence that gender-variant people across our country experience.

Canada’s marginalized populations are calling for an arena in which their voices can be heard and for new kinds of justice. We’re inviting the community to join this cause by making ourselves visible to raise awareness about gender-based violence.

On Dec. 6, the gathering is to memorialize those who have lost their lives in gender-based violence and to honour those who remain. The event will feature speaker Bev Stone, a performance by the Spirit Drummers and music by Loren Halloran. After speakers and ceremonies, we will walk with the candles lit down Trunk Road and back to the chapel. Please wear warm, comfortable clothing. After the walk, there will be food and hot drinks at Sands Funeral Chapel which is located at 187 Trunk Rd.

For more information, contact social.action@cwav.org

Just Posted

New water storage reservoir to be built in Crofton

Project will see an increase in the area’s water security

UPDATED: Mill Bay man confirmed as 1 of 3 dead in Gabriola Island plane crash

Transport Canada provides information bulletin, family of victim releases statement

UK resident seeking Canadian family with Duncan ties

It’s a bit of a convoluted story but it’s one that could… Continue reading

Aid a priority for idled Vancouver Island loggers, John Horgan says

Steelworkers, Western Forest Products returning to mediation

VIDEO: More air-passenger rights go into effect this weekend

The first set of passenger rights arrived in mid-July in Canada

Swoop airlines adds three destinations in 2020 – Victoria, Kamloops, San Diego

Low-fair subsidiary of WestJet Airlines brings new destinations in April 2020

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

Trudeau sets 2025 deadline to remove B.C. fish farms

Foes heartened by plan to transition aquaculture found in Fisheries minister mandate letter

Indigenous mother wins $20,000 racial discrimination case against Vancouver police

Vancouver Police Board ordered to pay $20,000 and create Indigenous-sensitivity training

Sentencing for B.C. father who murdered two young daughters starts Monday

The bodies of Aubrey, 4, and Chloe, 6, were found in Oak Bay father’s apartment Dec. 25, 2017

B.C. vet talks tips for winter travel with pets

Going to see the vet the day before a trip is never a good idea

Suspect steals 150 pairs of cosmetic contacts from Nanaimo party supply store

Incident happened at Pattie’s Party Palace on Rutherford Road on Thursday

B.C. driver has car impounded for speeding to church

The driver, who said he was late to church, was clocked travelling 150 km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone

Most Read