London honours the 14 women killed at Ecole Polytechnique
London honours the 14 women killed at Ecole Polytechnique
Montreal Massacre memorial set for Wednesday in London
07 December, 2017, 02:30
Fourteen candles were lit, one for each woman murdered 28 years ago at École Polytechnique in Montreal.
They were killed simply because they were women.
Every year on December 6, people across the country remember the victims of École Polytechnique shooting and raise awareness about gender-based violence.
Almost 40 per cent of women in Canada who reported assault by an intimate partner said their children witnessed the assault. "On December 6, we take time to remember and to re-commit to the work that needs to be done to end violence against women".
To create change, it is essential to recognize that the issue of violence against women knows no frontiers. She calls the killings a "premeditated attack against women who were breaking barriers and pursuing their dreams in a field traditionally dominated by men". Each woman's name was read out.
The speakers reflect on the horrors of that day, but also talk about the challenge many still face in a society where gender equality is still far from won.
"I think it's an award that stems from a disgusting tragedy, and I think this is an excellent way to try to turn that around years later and make something positive of the fact that women are now recognized as making important contributions in engineering", she said.
Supporters carry signs of the names of women who were killed 28 years ago in the Montreal massacre
She said the 1989 massacre pulled back the curtain on violence against women.
Today is also about asking why acts of violence against women are still happening in 2017.
Roughly 85 to 90 people braved the bitter cold Wednesday (Dec.6th) at Coulter Parkette in downtown Port Elgin, for a vigil to remember the 14 women who lost their lives to a lone gunman at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique Universite du Montreal in 1989.
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"Hearing about the awful tragedy that happened here was a real eye-opener for me, recognizing that even relatively recently there was a lot of violence towards women who wanted to pursue male-dominated fields", she said after the ceremony.
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