Women's groups across the country organized vigils, marches, and memorials. These, and the accompanying analyses, resulted in increased support for educational programs and resources to reduce violence against women, with both federal and provincial governments making some commitment. In 1991, the Canadian government proclaimed December 6 a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Male violence is most often directed against women and children. Women are now as likely as men to be the victims of violent crime - with the difference that, for women, the attacker is most often someone they know. In addition, a 1993 Statistics Canada report showed that over 50% of women report having been assaulted or sexually assaulted by men at least once. In 1991/92, over 78,000 women and children took refuge in shelters.
Feminists know too that the campaign to end violence against women is not a substitute for the more extensive structural and attitudinal changes which are needed. An end to violence is an integral part of the movement to end sexism, bring equality, and work towards women's liberation. December 6 is a feminist day of mourning that both recognizes the danger and pain women face and emphasizes the work we must continue to do in order to put an end to male violence.
In memory of: Anne-Marie Edward, Anne-Marie Lemay, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, Barbara Daigneault, Barbara Maria Klueznick, Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Michèle Richard, Nathalie Croteau, Sonia Pelletier.