National Day of Remembrance and Action for Violence Against Women

On December 6th, Sexual Health Nova Scotia marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. We remember the 14 women murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal on this day in 1989, and we pledge to continue working to eliminate gender-based violence.

As a network of sexual health centres and service providers, SHNS envisions a province where every person enjoys positive sexual health throughout the lifespan. Every person deserves to fully experience their sexual and gender identities without fear of violence, abuse, or harm.

Gender-based violence is a serious public health issue. Women remain disproportionately affected by many forms of violence, including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, harassment, and stalking. As a society, we are too often unable or unwilling to provide survivors of gender-based violence with the protection and support they need, and to hold perpetrators accountable. This must change.

Sexual Health Nova Scotia and all its member-centres stand in solidarity with women’s organizations across the province and the country that lead the movement to end violence against women. We are committed to supporting survivors through our programs and services, and we share the work of preventing violence in our communities.

Today we remember; today we take action.