PARRY SOUND, ON-Parry Sound will be remembering the women who have fallen victim to gender-based violence.

On December 6th, The Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services, Muskoka YWCA and the Muskoka Women’s Shelter and Services will be hosting Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women ceremony at the Mary St. Centre (24 Mary St, Parry Sound) between 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.

In an interview with the newsroom, Suzanne Smoke, the Area Outreach Coordinator for the Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services said that she and the other members of the organization will be sure to honour the memories of the women who have died because of gender violence. “I will be performing on my native drums and there will also be a moment of silence,” said Smoke.

This event falls in the middle of the 16-day campaign that Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development Maryam Monsef declared on International Elimination of Violence Against Women Day on November 25th.

The 16-day campaign encourages people to unite and reflect on what can be done in their communities to eliminate the violence against women, girls and members of LGBTQ2.

If you or someone you know is the victim of gender violence, then you can call the Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services at (705) 646-2122 or visit the website here.