I invite you to attend today’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women virtual event organized by the Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre, the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, and Hart House and to reflect on your role in ending violence against women.
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Canadian Parliament, this day marks the anniversary of the murder of 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989. On this day we commemorate this national tragedy and the countless women who lost their lives to gender-based violence. We also reflect on how women, particularly Black, Indigenous, and racialized women, transgender women, and women from marginalized populations, continue to disproportionally experience gender-based violence.
The COVID-19 crisis magnifies gender inequality and illustrates its disproportionate impact on women. Pandemic-related stress, additional social and economic barriers, and isolation can have a far-reaching impact on the wellbeing and safety of victims of gender-based violence abuse, especially when access to supports is more restricted. It is our collective responsibility to challenge and take action against gender-based violence in our communities.
At the University of Toronto, we are committed to providing a safe and supportive learning and working environment. Our Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre, Community Safety Office, Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, and various Equity Offices lead initiatives across our three campuses that address gender-based discrimination and violence and provide support, services, and education to our community.
The following offices and services are available to all members of the U of T community for resources or support: