The flags at the Esquimalt Municipal Hall, fire hall and Sports Centre will be lowered in recognition of National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women observed on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.
The flags will be lowered by 8:30 a.m. on December 6 and raised on the morning of December 7, based on staff work schedule.
On December 6, 1989, fourteen young women were tragically killed because of their gender at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. On this sombre day we recognize that Geneviève Bergeron, 21; Hélène Colgan, 23; Nathalie Croteau, 23; Barbara Daigneault, 22; Anne-Marie Edward, 21; Maud Haviernick, 29; Barbara Klucznik, 31; Maryse Laganière, 25; Maryse Leclair, 23; Anne-Marie Lemay, 22; Sonia Pelletier, 23; Michèle Richard, 21; Anne St-Arneault, 23; and Annie Turcotte, 21 senselessly lost their lives.
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is a day to remember the lives of these fourteen women and to reaffirm our commitment to eliminating the hatred that caused this tragedy while also reflecting on the violence and discrimination that continues to impact the lives of women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+, and gender diverse individuals around the world.
Gender-based violence has been amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic. Awareness and education are critical factors to ending gender-based violence (GBV). The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence runs November 25 through December 10 and provides an opportunity for us all to unite to call out and speak out about GBV.