Parachute Recognizes National Day of Remembrance

Statement from Louise Logan
President and CEO, Parachute

December 6 marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of the shooting deaths of 14 women in 1989 in Montreal by a man deliberately targeting women on a busy campus. 

On this date, Parachute pays special tribute to the women whose lives have been affected or cut short by violence.

Violence against women is a substantial source of injury in Canada. Every six days in Canada a woman is killed by her intimate partner.1 Each year in Canada, as many as 362,000 children witness or experience family violence.2 According to Justice Canada, spousal violence costs Canadian society at least $7.4 billion annually - $6 billion of which goes toward health care costs for medical and psychological support.3 Women who have been physically or sexually abused are also at a higher risk of attempting suicide4 – we know this to be a leading cause of serious injury, hospitalizations, and deaths for Canadian women.5

Parachute believes that these tragedies can only be prevented through social change. 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a campaign that draws attention to the crucial changes all Canadians can make in their daily lives to help to eradicate gender-based violence. It marks an important time to reflect on the violence against women and girls, and take action against it in all its forms. 

Parachute joins with its partners across the country in marking the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, and in committing to take action against gender-based violence in all its forms. 

References:

  1. http://www.canadianwomen.org/facts-about-violence 
  2. http://www.unicef.org/protection/files/BehindClosedDoors.pdf
  3. http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/cj-jp/fv-vf/rr12_7/p0.html#sum
  4. http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/world_report/en/summary_en.pdf
  5. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-624-x/2012001/article/11696-eng.htm#n10