Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan marks national day of action on violence against women

Dec. 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Dec. 6 commemorates death of 14 female students at Montreal's l'École Polytechnique

Earlier this year a group of people walked more than 400 kilometres through Saskatchewan calling for an end to violence and abuse. (Rachel Bergen/CBC News)

For many people in Saskatchewan and across the country, the reality of violence against women is a daily issue that needs to be addressed.

Today the issue is at the forefront as Dec. 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

On Dec. 6 1989, 14 female engineering students were killed at Montreal's l'École Polytechnique.

Saskatchewan's Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Donna Harpauer, said gender violence impacts everyone.

"This day is an opportunity to reflect on and speak out against gender violence, and on how we can all help make our world a safe and equal place for all women and girls," Harpauer said in a news release.

Earlier this week, Harpauer handed out white ribbons to all MLAs to symbolize the commitment to ending violence against women.

Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said women and girls who have experienced violence need to be given a voice.

"From individuals, to community, to government, it is everyone's responsibility to speak out against these crimes and take every opportunity to prevent them," Wyant said.

The provincial government noted that about $30 million was allocated in 2015-16 budget on programs and services that support vulnerable women who at risk of violence and abuse.

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