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Women mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with Calls for Justice for Missing and Murdered Women
WHAT: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
WHEN: Friday December 6th from 1-3 pm
WHERE: Circle at Georgia and Granville
MEDIA: Marlene George: 778 833 3094; Mona Woodward 778 241 8440.
To arrange additional interviews call Harsha Walia 778 -885-0040
December 3, 2013 VANCOUVER, Coast Salish Territories- The February 14th Missing Women’s Memorial March Committee will be marking the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women by gathering on Friday December 6th from 1-3 pm outside the Federal buildings at Granville and Georgia.
According to organizer Marlene George, “We will be gathering just like we did one year ago when the sham provincial women’s inquiry shut out and marginalized the voices and experiences of family members, DTES residents, Indigenous communities, and women’s groups. And we are returning here again because, to date, the provincial government continues to stall on following up on the inquiry’s recommendations.”
Mona Woodward, member of the Missing Women’s Coalition, agrees. “Why is it such an uphill battle to get justice for missing and murdered women and their families and communities? We are calling for a national and international public inquiry led by family and community members. We need immediate compensation for family members and political will at all levels of government to address these tragedies as well as the systemic nature of gendered violence, poverty, racism, and colonialism.”
“We are gathering in sorrow to honour and remember the women. We are gathering in anger because women continue to go missing or be murdered. We are gathering with a commitment to justice, healing and concrete action to end violence against our beloved sisters.” says George.
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