The OMA Outreach to Women Physicians Committee reminds all members that today, December 6, is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. Established by federal parliament in 1991, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal, who died because they were women.
Today is an opportunity for all physicians and medical trainees to reflect on the prevalence of violence against women in society. Violence is a daily reality for many Ontario women and girls. Status of Women Canada cites one in three women have been abused or subjected to gender-based violence in their lives. The most common form of violence experienced by women is physical violence inflicted by an intimate partner.
The Ontario Medical Association is using social media to highlight the National Day of Remembrance, and to increase awareness and promote action to end violence against women and challenge the culture that allows it to thrive.
Physicians have a vital role to play in educating and protecting all patients and colleagues from violence. On this day of remembrance for the female victims of violence, the OMA Outreach to Women Physicians Committee encourages all members to continue to strive towards that goal and to take care of themselves.
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