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U of T Commemorates National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

November 7, 2014

December 6 2014 Event Poster

December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women in Canada, as proclaimed by the Government of Canada on December 6, 1991.

On December 6th, 1989, 14 women were gunned down at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, most were Engineering students, and they were specifically targeted because they were women identified as feminists taking the place of men in what had been a male-dominated profession.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, and we will once again take time to remember, not only the women who died tragically at Ecole Polytechnique, but all women who are victims and survivors of gender-based violence. See the ‘Campus Commemorations’ sidebar for a list of events.

December 6th is also a part of the ’16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign’ which begins with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on (November 25) and ends on International Human Rights Day (10 December) to reinforce that eliminating all forms of violence against women is a human rights issue and that the act of perpetrating violence against women is a human rights violation.

  • (December 4, 2014) Statement from U of T President, Meric Gertler
  • (December 1, 2014) New national scholarship to commemorate 14 women killed 25 years ago  Source: University Affairs
  • (November 27, 2014) December 6, 1989: U of T Remembers
  • (October 2014) 25th Anniversary Committee’s Statement on the Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary

Wear a Rose Button

Rose buttons will be distributed on each campus from the YWCA. Donations for the buttons will be provided to designated community organizations working with victims of violence.

Suggested donation is $1 for students, $2 for staff / faculty. You can find the buttons at:

St. George:

  • Centre for International Experience, 33 St. George St.
  • Hart House Hub, 7 Hart House Circle
  • Student Life, Room #150, Koffler Student Services, 214 College St.
  • First Nations House, 563 Spadina Avenue, 3rd floor
  • Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, 100 Devonshire
  • Varsity Centre, Devonshire entrance
  • Graham Library, 6 Hoskin Ave.
  • UTSU, 12 Hart House Circle

Proceeds from the Rose buttons will go to: Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto.

University of Toronto Mississauga:

  • Equity & Diversity Office (DV 3205-B)
  • Historical Studies (North 153)
  • UTM Women’s Centre (North 131)

Proceeds from the Rose buttons will go to: Anduhyaun.

University of Toronto Scarborough:

  • The SCSU Office (SL-108),
  • The Equity & Diversity Office (Bv 536) and the
  • Women & Trans* Centre (SL 224)

Proceeds from the Rose buttons will go to: Scarborough Women’s Centre.

Organizing Committees:

St. George:

Campus Chaplains, Centre for International Experience, Community Safety Office, Equity Studies Student Union, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education; First Nation’s House, Health & Wellness, Office of Student Life, Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, Sexual Harassment Office, Women & Gender Studies Student Union, University of Toronto Students Union

Contact person for accessibility requests: Cheryl Champagne.

University of Toronto Mississauga:

The Principal’s Office, Equity & Diversity Office, and UTM Women’s Centre.

Contact person for accessibility requests: Nythalah Baker Equity & Diversity Officer. Light refreshments and reception to follow in the Meeting Place, Davis building.

University of Toronto Scarborough:

The Principal’s Office, the Equity & Diversity Office, The Women & Trans* Centre, the Scarborough Campus Student Union

Contact person for accessibility requests: Tanya (Toni) De Mello, Equity & Diversity Officer or Tina Doyle at Accessability at or 416.287.7553 and 416.287.7560 (Tel/TTY). There will be snacks at the event.