This year marks the return of the Memorial Lunch held in-person to mark the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women.

Organized by the MFL Women’s Committee, this sold-out lunch event explores the theme A Labour of Love: Challenging Hate, Fighting for Justice and features Isha Khan, CEO if the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and Ershiya Bagheri, Iranian community organizer with the Women, Life, Freedom movement.

The National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women is commemorated in Canada each year on December 6 to pay tribute to the victims of the École Polytechnique massacre of 1989, when 14 women were murdered and 14 others injured by a rampaging misogynist.

These women have not been forgotten and, at MNU, we especially pay tribute to nursing student Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, one of the 14 victims.

The Canadian Labour Congress has a 16 days of action campaign, which started on November 25, the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women, and runs until November 10, International Human Rights Day. 

This year’s campaign theme is raising awareness on gender-based violence at work. To learn more about this campaign and how to take action, please visit this link.