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Shine the Light/Light the Night Against Violence
December 5, 2014 - 11:00am CST
By Julie White, Unifor Women’s Department Director

“I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.This is my oath.” ~ Delegates to Unifor's 2014 Canadian Council

On December 6, 1989, 14 engineering students at L' École Polytechnique were singled out and murdered, solely because of their gender. Now known as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, this year will mark the 25th anniversary of that horrific day, and although much has changed, violence against women still permeates our society.

In the lead up to December 6, 2014, Unifor will remember those murdered as a result of gender based violence, reflect on those who still experience the daily reality of violence, and recommit to taking action.

Unifor locals are encouraged to support two similar campaigns: Shine the Light on Woman Abuse and Light the Night Against Violence. Both campaigns call for the lighting of buildings and communities across Canada with the aim of raising awareness around gender-based violence.

"Shine the Light on Woman Abuse" (http://lawc.on.ca/shinethelight/) calls on communities to be lit up in purple for the month of November. Similarly, on December 6, 2014, the YWCA initiative "Light the Night Against Violence" (www.rosecampaign.ca) calls for communities to be lit up in red. In support of both campaigns, Unifor offices will be lit up in purple from December 1-6.

Whether you choose red or purple (or both), the goal is the same - any light against violence will help to raise awareness around gender based violence and is encouraged.
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Last Updated: December 5, 2014 11:37:08 AM