Events are being held across the country today to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.

It was established in 1991 by the Federal Government and marks the anniversary of the murders of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique in Montréal in 1989.

Theresa Gerritsen, of the Haven Society says the event was an example of gender-based violence that shocked the country.

As well as commemorating the lives of the 14 victims of the shooting, today also represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the issue of violence against women in our society.