On December 6, take a pause to recognize the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

December 6, 2019, marks 30 years since the 1989 murder of 14 women at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.
As we remember the 13 engineering students and one worker who were murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989 by an act of gender-based violence, we also commemorate all the missing and murdered Aboriginal women, transgender women, and each and every woman whose lives have been harmed or lost to gender-based violence.

Canada’s unions are taking action to specifically address gender-based violence in the workplace. Violence and harassment are a daily reality for far too many workers in Canada. The #MeToo movement has demonstrated how gender-based violence, including sexual harassment, remain a significant barrier for women, trans and gender diverse workers. Canada’s unions are calling for government action to prevent and stop violence and harassment at work.

In Canada, governments are now recognizing gender-based harassment and violence as an issue that requires action in every workplace. Last year, workers in the federal sector and those living in Newfoundland and Labrador won paid domestic violence leave. Currently there are five provinces where paid domestic violence leave exists.
In Nova Scotia, the Federation is lobbying for paid domestic violence leave.

Domestic violence can affect women whether they’re working or not, and regardless of their education level, socio-economic or cultural background. As well as the physical and psychological damage it causes, the financial impacts of domestic violence on the lives of women and children can be devastating, and continue long after they have escaped the violence. A few paid days off from work can change — or even save — lives.

Nova Scotia has an opportunity to raise the bar for other Canadian jurisdictions by establishing 10 days of paid leave, and recognizing domestic violence as a workplace hazard. The labour movement is ready to work with the government and employers to get this right.
There are events being held across Nova Scotia and we hope you will attend them if you are able.

Cape Breton

Hosted By: Every Women’s Center

Location: Every Women’s Centre

21 Trinity Centre

Time: 7pm

All are Welcome



Hosted By: ?

Location: Bloomfield Center

MacKay Room

5555 Union Pl, Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5



Strait Area

Hosted By: Strait Areas Women Centre

Location: Port Hawksbury Civic Centre

606 Reeves St, Port Hawksbury, NS B9A 2R7



Pictou County



Hosted by: Pictou County Interagency on Family Violence

Location: Pictou Academy School

200 Louise St, Pictou, NS B0K 1H0

Time: 0900-1000

All are welcome


New Glasgow

Hosted By: Not So Silent

Location:135 Provost St, New Glasgow, NS B2H 2P6




Hosted by: The Lotus Centre & Third Place Transition House

Location: The Lotus Centre

67 Dominion St Truro, NS B2N 3P2




Hosted by: NS Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Location: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Kenneth Rowe Hall, Pier 21 1055 Marginal Road Halifax

Reservations required, space is limited, reserve by Dec 2nd

9:45am- 12:05pm



Hosted by: South Shore Labour Council, Harbour House, Second Storey and the Peace Institute

Location: Woodland Gardens (behind DesBrisay Museum)

130 Jubilee Rd, Bridgewater, NS B4V 1H8




Hosted by: Women and Gender Studies with support from:

Acadia University Faculty Assoc Women’s Committee and the Office of the President, Acadia University

Location: Wolfville Farmers Market

24 Elm Ave, Wolfville, NS B4P 1Z9

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Childcare available



Hosted by: Community member ‘Standing in Solidarity Against Gender-based Violence”

Location: Holy Trinity Anglican Church

45 Main Street, Middleton, NS




Location: Nova Scotia Community College: Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant St, Yarmouth, NS B5A 2K9

Time:1030 am

Social Services Class


Candlelight Vigil

Hosted by: Southwest Labour Group

Location: Frost Park

Main Street, NS B5A 1G2


(Storm Location- Yarmouth Town Hall)

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