Dec. 4, 2007
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following message was released today by Family and Community Services Minister Mary Schryer, Minister responsible for the Status of Women, in honour of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on Thursday, Dec. 6.
"I ask all New Brunswickers to join with me in commemorating the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
"It is on this day each year that we the honour the memory of the 14 young women whose lives were tragically and needlessly ended the evening of Dec. 6, 1989 at the École polytechnique of Université de Montréal through gender violence.
"We remember these 14 women and all women in New Brunswick and across Canada who have lost their lives due to domestic violence. It is important that we continue to honour their memory and all women who have been killed as a result of a partner or gender crime.
"While we take time today to reflect on the spectre of violence against women in our society, it is imperative that we also think about what actions we can take to end domestic and gender violence in our communities.
"Our government is committed to combatting violence against women through our action plan, A Better World for Women, and especially by partnering with the frontline workers and groups who deal with abused women and provide them with the support they need to escape the cycle of violence.
"Violence against women is a tragedy that everyone must do their part to help end. By remembering these victims of violence and by taking action together, we will end domestic violence."
MEDIA CONTACT: Craig Chouinard, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-2519.