On the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the Peel Committee Against Women Abuse (PCAWA) will be hosting the December 6th Vigil to acknowledge and remember those who have been killed in an act of gender-based violence. The event will be virtual and include guest speakers and performers to bring the community together in remembrance, strength and solidarity.
“It has been 34 years since the murder of 14 women at Polytechnique Montréal,” said Vaishnavi Koujalagi, Gender Based Violence Coordinator, Moyo HCS & PCAWA Advisory Committee Co-Chair. “It is incredibly important that we continue to name, honour and remember these women. Women and gender-diverse folks continue to experience rising rates of gender-based violence in our community and across our province.”
This event will honour the 14 women killed at the École Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989, the 7 women who were killed in a femicide connected to Peel Region this year, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada, and all those from marginalized communities who have been killed in an act of gender-based violence but are made invisible in our society.
When: Wednesday December 6th, 2023
Where: Virtual, Zoom
Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6LeM4l-rQ8C9IM8L7QNSHQ
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Luxana Ramesh – Public Education Project Coordinator, Embrave: Agency to End Violence
Vaishnavi Koujalagi – Gender Based Violence Coordinator, Moyo Health and Community
Services – PCAWA Advisory Committee Co-Chair
Kelly Lavallee – Sitting Turtle Traditional Services
Marlene Ham – Executive Director, Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses Performers:
Pardis Aliakbarkhani – Spoken Word Performer
Hunyah Irfan – Spoken Word Performer
Helen Mina – Spoken Word Performer
Nadia Osman – Visual Artist
“Femicide is rising at an alarming rate in our province and right here in Peel. The number of femicides in 2023 is higher than they have been in our community in the last two years. It is incredibly important that we continue to have this vigil to make intentional space for our community to remember and mourn these individuals.” – Andrine Johnson, Embrave’s CEO & PCAWA Co-Chair
ASL Interpreters will be provided.
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If you are a survivor of violence in need of support, please contact Embrave: Agency to End Violence’s 24-hour Crisis Line at 905-403-0864 or 1-855-676-8515. You can also seek support from any of the PCAWA member agencies. Visit their website at www.pcawa.net for more information. Remember that you are not alone. We are here if you need us.
Development & Education Manager, Embrave Agency to End Violence email@example.com