Iqaluit walk planned for Tuesday to oppose violence against women

Several Nunavut organizations work together on event that coincides with national day of remembrance and action

About 25 people march from Iqaluit’s Igluvut Building down Queen Elizabeth Way for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and Girls on Dec. 7, 2021. (Photo by David Lochead)

By Nunatsiaq News

People in Iqaluit can join a walk Tuesday evening to show their opposition to violence against women, while honouring victims and spreading awareness on the issue.

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

The walk in Iqaluit starts at the four corners at 5:45 p.m. It’s hosted by the Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council, Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Law Society and the RCMP.

Qulliit is encouraging those attending the walk to wear purple or a white ribbon.

The walk will end at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum at about 6 p.m. and be followed by a remembrance event.

As well, people can observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. and “create safe spaces to hold conversations” regarding sexism, violence against women, girls, female-identifying and gender non-conforming people, and the LGBTQ community, according to a news release from the council.

Informally called White Ribbon Day, Dec. 6 marks the anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal in 1989. On that date, a male gunman killed 13 female students and one female staff member.

It is also part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, an annual international campaign that begins Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends Dec. 10, which is World Human Rights Day.

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(16) Comments:

  1. Posted by sexists on

    Politicians should pass law for more funding for women’s self help counselling groups oppose to continue family separation program

  2. Posted by SQ on

    Should I release the audio/video of police corruption on this subject? Or should I wait until the police disturb me one more time?. You be the judge

  3. Posted by fred on

    i experienced abuse from my partner and i’mm a white man. will anyone march for me?

    • Posted by ugh on

      is this for real??

    • Posted by Patriarchy begs for it all on

      The whole world marches for you, Fred, let the women have fifteen minutes.

    • Posted by Northern Guy on

      Fred, for past two thousand years the world has been programmed to support the needs and wants of men, the western world in support of white men. Time for a change methinks

      • Posted by How it looks from here on

        Surprisingly superficial take for you, Northern Guy

    • Posted by man in the middle on

      No Fred. The extreme left wants to take away your voice. You are both white and male so say goodbye to any rights in this country while the extreme left is in power. The extreme left thinks in black and white just like the extreme right does. The rationale middle has lost all voice and is now forced to choose a side.

    • Posted by Report it on

      You need to report it to the police.
      I am sure there is violence toward men and that there are men who need support and that it is hard for them to seek/obtain help.
      Note, however, that as far as I know, violence toward women is still in this day and age a major phenomenon. Every single woman I know has experienced or has a relative or friend who has experienced abuse. That is wrong. That is why we need marches for women, though we should get more than that. That does not mean males cannot seek support.

  4. Posted by John K on

    These comments have gone pretty much as expected.

  5. Posted by Supporter for all abused angnaluktaanuut on

    I fully support abused women and intend to open a shelter for Inuit women, I have a big heart 💖 for them all. Wish I could have joined the walk.

  6. Posted by Tom on

    I fully support the walk to oppose violence against woman, I would also like to see the same support to oppose violence against men, it’s a hush hush thing and a lot of ridicule for men to even bring it up.
    There are so many men that suffer in silence and are embarrassed to come forward about the abuse and violence they suffer.
    If we want to make our society better we need to be more inclusive and have everyone supported not just one side.

  7. Posted by John on

    It’s a shame Fred above got torn apart for coming forward. Shame on all of the comments that belittled him.

  8. Posted by Anyone on

    Did anyone show up?

  9. Posted by Mirror Mirror on

    How about violence against men? Is it ok to beat a man and let your system support it? Your solution: “ man up”

  10. Posted by Lynda on

    I have personally experience violence by a couple of men, one physically where my life was in imminent danger and the other was abuse designed to strip any respect of me in my work role. The latter caused the friends of the abuser to wreak as much havoc on my professional and personal like as much as possible … the old boys club where abusing others was a common theme, still felt today, years later. I have to empathize with Fred, even if he is white, what business does any individual have to cause havoc and personal pain, emotional or physical, on any other being? It is called BASIC RESPECT to respect one another and to show that DAILY if you are going to be in a relationship. The murder of those poor female engineering students at Polytechnique Institute in Montreal, the senseless murder of a sweet friend at the hands of her husband, the personal knowledge I have of violence against male family members by their female partners … the abuse, verbal, psychological and physical … where does it stop?! It doesn’t. Female, male. Abuse against either by their partners especially is the worst.

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