December 6: National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women


University of Toronto staff, students and faculty lay 14 roses in Hart House Circle on the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre

University of Toronto staff, students and faculty lay 14 roses in Hart House Circle on the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. There was one rose for each victim of the shooting, the worst in Canadian history (photo by Laura Pederson)

Canada’s Parliament declared December 6th the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women, following the murder of 14 female engineering students at l’École Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989.

On this day, the University of Toronto (U of T) commemorates the many ways in which all women experience gender-based violence — from missing and murdered Indigenous women, transgender women, and the broad spectrum of women from vulnerable populations.

Flags on all campuses will be lowered to half-mast.


2018 Commemorations: St. George Campus


National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

Thursday, December 6, 2018
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
The Great Hall, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle, Toronto

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the University of Toronto commemorates the many ways in which all women experience gender-based violence — from missing and murdered Indigenous women, transgender women, and the broad spectrum of women from vulnerable populations.

This year’s event will include lunch, the presentation of awards to honour research that addresses gender-based violence, a keynote address by Rania El Mugammar and a ceremony to honour the women of the Polytechnique.

Location is wheelchair accessible and ASL interpretation will be provided.

Learn more about this eventCeremony Agenda


Victoria College Vigil – National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

Thursday, December 6, 2018
2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Wendy Cecil Atrium
150 Charles St W


2018 Commemorations: Mississauga Campus


UTM Remembers

Tuesday, December 4
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
CCT Atrium and Peace Pole (corner of Davis & CCT)

On Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, UTM Remembers the fourteen lives lost to gender based violence at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989.

The Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre and the Equity & Diversity Office humbly invite faculty, staff and students to collectively honour the lives lost because of gender based violence, while committing to working against gender based violence in our respective communities.

Event Flyer


2018 Commemorations: Scarborough Campus


Memorial and Vigil – National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

Thursday, November 29, 2018
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
SW Wing, Meeting Place

Student, staff and faculty representatives will be speaking to honour survivors of gender-based violence, followed by laying roses in remembrance of lives lost at Polytechnic school in Montreal. Performance by Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone


Events taking place during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence


Nowhere to hide: The impact of technology-facilitated violence, abuse, and harassment | November 27

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Desautel Hall, Rotman School of Management
Hosted By: Institute for Gender and the Economy and Citizen Lab at the Munk School

A panel discussion about the perils of the digital world–and what we can do about it.

This panel will include Nasma Ahmed, Director of the Digital Justice Lab; Irene Poetranto, Senior Researcher at The Citizen Lab; Kate Robertson, Associate at Markson Law; Takara Small, Host and Producer for the Globe and Mail; and moderated by Molly Thomas, Reporter and Anchor for CTV News.

*This is a FREE event


Heath Fogg Davis on “Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?”

Thursday, December 6, 2018
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Desautels Hall (Second floor, South Building)
Hosted By: Institute for Gender and the Economy, and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at University of Toronto

Associate professor and author, Heath Fogg Davis, asks: Why do we need to mark people and places with sex categories?

Speaking from his own experience and drawing upon major cases of sex discrimination in the news and in the courts, Davis presents a persuasive case for challenging how individuals are classified according to sex and offers concrete recommendations for alleviating sex identity discrimination and sex-based disadvantage. For anyone in search of pragmatic ways to make our world more inclusive, Davis’ recommendations provide much-needed practical guidance about how to work through this complex issue. A provocative call to action, Beyond Trans pushes us to think how we can work to make America truly inclusive of all people.

Rotman faculty, staff and students, and U of T students register here.

All others, register here.


Art Circle, at the University of Toronto Scarborough

Thursday, December 6, 2018
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
SL 323
Hosted By: Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre and the Women and Trans Centre

Art Circle is a safe space for self-identified women looking to explore expression through art, as a means to support self-care and ignite creativity. The Arts Circle is a drop-in, where no artistic experience or sharing of ones creations is required.


Reconsidering Masculinity

4 p.m. – 5:30 pm Thurs Dec 6th
Multi-Faith Centre, 2nd Fl, Room 208

On Dec 6, The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, award-winning speaker Jeff Perera will be here to talk about how men can be allies to women, by addressing perspectives on masculinity:

  • How do our notions of masculinity impact our world views and relationships with others?
  • How does faith and spirituality inform our identities and behaviours as male-identifying individuals?

Learn more about Perera here: http://leanincanada.com/speaker/jeff-perera/.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is for male-identifying U of T students. Register by email: multi.faith@utoronto.ca