The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women


Message from the Ombudsman | December 6, 2018


Twenty-nine years ago today, 14 young women’s lives were taken from them simply because they were women. Fourteen young women, whose full contributions to Canada and the world will never be realized due to one senseless act of violence.

On this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, we remember so this monumental loss will not have been in vain. We remember so their hopes, dreams, and aspirations will be fulfilled through the young women and girls who follow them.

December 6 is also a day of action where we are called upon to pledge our commitment to end violence against women and girls. The World Health Organization estimates that one in three women throughout the world will experience either physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.

Statistic Canada’s 1994 Violence Against Women Survey found that half of all women in Canada had experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence from the age of 16.

Through our actions, we can ensure the right programs and policies are in place, that we speak up when we see injustice, and that we stand ready when it’s time to listen and lend a supportive ear.

Individually and collectively, we can make a difference.


Gregory Lick


We remember:


Geneviève Bergeron

Maryse Leclair

Hélène Colgan

Anne-Marie Lemay

Nathalie Croteau

Michèle Richard

Barbara Daigneault

Sonia Pelletier

Anne-Marie Edward

Annie St-Arneault

Maud Haviernick

Annie Turcotte

Maryse Laganière

Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz



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