EDMONTON – Today is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees is honouring victims and recommitting to the goal of ending all forms of gender-based violence.
The day was established in 1991 to mark the anniversary of the massacre at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989.
“We remember the 14 women killed 28 years ago when armed student Marc Lépine targeted female engineering students in the name of ‘fighting feminism,’ whose deaths helped galvanize national resolve to confront this widespread, tragic problem,” said Susan Slade, AUPE vice-president and chair of the union’s Women’s Committee.
“We also continue the proud tradition of unions fighting for women’s rights and pay tribute to all those working to tackle the problem of violence against women in their communities,” said Slade.
Women make up approximately three quarters of AUPE’s over 93,000 members. The union is pursuing paid domestic violence leave as a bargaining priority, and has successfully negotiated the provision with one employer already.
Prairie women face the highest rates of intimate partner violence compared to other provinces, with Alberta ranking third highest behind Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
For more information:
Susan Slade, AUPE vice-president: (403) 554-4198
Celia Shea, AUPE communications: (780) 780-720-8122