December 6 is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and marks the Anniversary of the 1989 murders of 14 young women at L’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. Flags at all WRDSB sites and the EAA office will be flown at half mast to commemorate these gender-based murders.
This day will also be an opportunity to take action on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society and promote health, well-being and safety for women.
While we truly appreciate and support the male Members of the Educational Assistants Association the reality is our Membership is primarily female and many are reporting being verbally harassed, punched, kicked, spat at, choked, hair pulled, bitten and scratched. Without proper prevention measures and supports in place, unsafe workplaces hurt not only our EAA Members but also our students. As we take time to pay our respects to the victims in Montreal, lets also reflect on our responsibility to prevent violence in our workplace. Recognize violence and aggression, log and track behaviours, watch for hazards and report them to your Administrator immediately.
Lisa Weiler Haskins
Second Officer at Large
Joint Health and Safety Representative
Educational Assistants Association