LIVERPOOL - The Zion United Church in Liverpool plans to honour the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with a 7 p.m. service Dec. 6.
“It’s really a good a time for the community to get together and remember that this is still something we’re very much needing to work together on,” said Rev. Carol Smith.
The evening’s events will include two guest speakers: Const. Rob James and Rhonda Lemire from Second Story Women’s Centre.
The website for the women’s centre in Lunenburg says the organization “works to enhance lives by providing service and education designed to promote personal growth, community awareness, and social change.”
There will also be music by Mary MacRae and Lillian Bruhm.
Rev. Smith said she would read the names of the women killed at École Polytechnique in Montreal Dec. 6, 1989.
“And then the other aspect is education – talking about what’s happening and what are the good things that are happening to educate and improve the situation we still have with violence against women,” she said.
There was a service last year on the same day that was very well attended, said Rev. Smith.
To learn more about Second Story Women’s Centre, go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/second-story-womens-centre/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAmITRBRCSARIsAEOZmr7TQDZuZuUUpJmxKnzkUuE98jbufYk_UKkYrunG5k_XbltfBGtH_TEaAhfmEALw_wcB.
For more information about the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, visit http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/vaw-vff/remembrance-commemoration-en.html.
About Dec. 6
The Status of Women Canada’s website says the national day is not only to remember the 14 women killed in Montreal; it’s also to “consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as result of gender-based violence.”
Did you know?
This year’s theme is #MYActionsMatter
The theme asks everyone to take steps to question, call out and speak up against acts of gender-based violence.
Women in Canada and around the world still face disproportionate levels of violence each day.