This coming Sunday, we remember the 14 women murdered on December 6, 1989 at Ecole Polytechnique by a gunman in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation. These individuals were killed simply because they were women. As we recall what has come to be known as the Montreal Massacre, we are called to remember that violence against women continues to be part of our present.
In 1991, December 6th was designated the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On this day, we remember the women murdered and recommit to ensuring their deaths were not in vain. As we mourn their deaths, as well as the too many women and girls murdered or abused since then, we need to continue to work for women's equality and for policies that lead to equity among women.
Canada is still not a safe country for all women, with more than 50 per cent likely to experience violence sometime in their lives, usually before they are 25. For some women, those most marginalized, these risks are even greater. Societal and structural policies and programs continue to harm single mothers, women with disabilities, indigenous and immigrant women.
The entire month of December represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society, to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. Finally, it is a month during which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
Please visit the Canadian & World Studies showcase in the main hallway created in honour of the women who died and to learn more about what you can do to help eliminate violence against women and girls.
Ms. Katzikowski would like to extend a warm thank you to
Ms. DiBiase-Petrungaro and Mr. Vukman for helping to create this meaningful and powerful showcase for students and staff.
Please, take a pledge to help end the violence.