On Dec 6th – Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women – we remembered women and girls who had been murdered in gender-based violence.
We would like to thank all those that attended the event, spoke at the event and helped organize the event.
Further we would like to thank the media outlets that reported on the event, helping take the message – that society must act to address the alarming rates of violence against women and children – to a wider audience.
“Mayor Walter Gray joined supporters, lit candles and walked the route City Council named Angel Way to honor victims of domestic violence Thursday night.
The Candlelight Vigil was organized by the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society, a charity dedicated to advancing the safety, legal rights and economic security of women & children.
According to Mayor Gray, who spoke at the event, Kelowna RCMP receives 1,200 reports of domestic abuse every year, which is the highest rate in B.C. and the third highest in the country.
“We should all be embarrassed about this statistic,” said Mayor Gray.
“We can do better.”
December 6 is National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence against Women and commemorates the 1989 classroom shooting at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal that left six women dead and wounded severalothers.
Angel Way is part of a national campaign to honor and remember victims and survivors of violence and abuse.”
From Kelowna Daily Courier:
“Participants listen to a speaker during a candlelight walk and vigil at Parkinson Recreation Centre to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada Thursday evening. A group of more than 75 people walked along a pathway designated as Angel Way to memorialize women who have been victims of domestic violence in Kelowna, placing roses and candles while the victims names were read aloud.”
Video from CHBC News below: