National Day of Rememberance and Action on Violence Against Women

Each year, the Equity and Human Rights Office recognizes the National Day of Remembrance. This year, it will be recognized on Wednesday, December 4th:

Classes and exams will be cancelled for one hour to allow campus community members to remember victims of violence, reflect on our responsibility to treat each other as equal human beings, and to celebrate our ability to create a just and compassionate world.

The event will take place between in the Michele Pujol Room on Dec. 4th (classes are deferred from 11:30-12:30).

For more information, contact Cindy Player, EQHR Director at or 250-721-7007, or Angela Bello, EQHR Special Projects Coordinator at or 250-721-8486.

If you cannot attend the on-campus memorial event, please consider the following:

The Victoria Regional Women’s Committee of the BC Public Service Alliance of Canada cordially invite CUPE Local 951 members to attend a candle light vigil on December 6th, 2013 at Centennial Square City Hall on December 6th, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm to help commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Donations of socks, towels, toiletries, journals and small household appliances are also sought to be distributed to various women’s organizations. For more details about the vigil or donations, please see the poster below or contact Virginia Vaillancourt at 250-588-3487 or via email


Also note that Status of Women Canada recognizes 16 Days of Action and Remembrance:

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence: November 25 – December 10

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It marks the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, and December 10 – International Human Rights Day – is the final day. This 16 days of activism is recognized internationally.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was designated in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly. The date was chosen to commemorate the lives of the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic who were violently assassinated in 1960. The day pays tribute to them, as well as urging global recognition of gender violence. Each year on this day, governments, international organizations and NGOs are invited to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem.

Gender-based violence affects us all. It destroys families, weakens the fabric of our society, and takes a heavy toll on our communities and our economy. Canadians are reminded during the 16 Days of Activism that they can take actions, now and throughout the year, to eliminate violence against women and girls in all its forms.

DOWNLOAD: SWC Dec 6 Poster (PDF)