Twenty-eight years ago, 14 women were murdered at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.
They were killed simply because they were women.
Every year since that tragic day in 1989 Canadians come together to remember and pledge action to stop violence against women.
The official name for Wednesday, December 6 is National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women.
Lori Johb with the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour said violence against women comes with an unfortunate stigma which needs to be stopped.
“That’s one of the key goals that we have when talking about ending domestic violence because there is a stigma around that as well. It’s one of those things that “if it happens at home it stays at home”, and we have to work towards ending that stigma so that it becomes okay to talk about it,” Johb said.
Johb said the recent movement in Hollywood with actresses coming forward with allegations of abuse and harassment needs to be used as the first major step to end violence and abuse against women.
“We’re seeing things happening, we’re seeing people being removed from their jobs and it becoming very public, and I think that is exactly what needs to happen for us to start seeing change, there needs to be repercussions,” Johb said.
She believes with regular consequences the stigma that violence against women is acceptable, will end.