Polytechnique presents scholarship in honour of Montreal massacre victims

Polytechnique presents scholarship in honour of Montreal massacre victims

Vigils across the country marked Wednesday's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, created after 14 women were slain at Montreal's l'École Polytechnique in 1989.

"Today is a day to reflect on the reality that violence against women and girls remains pervasive in our society". He shot 28 people, killing 14 women, before turning the gun on himself.

On that day 28 years ago, a man methodically killed more than a dozen women simply because they were women. At U of T, events are taking place across all three campuses for the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women. Together, we can honour the lives lost on December 6, 1989, by working to prevent this violence before it begins.

The stark reality is that half of all Canadian women have experienced at least 1 incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.

The Montreal Massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history.

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Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.

Being aware of the collective impact of these attitudes, and discussing ways to address the situation, not only among women, but among all of us, is an honest first step toward transforming our surroundings and confronting the issue.

"We are not truly thriving if members of our community are allowed to suffer from pervasive abuse and discrimination", says Bertsch, the U of C's sexual violence support advocate. Since the release of the survey results, some provinces have passed laws to provide domestic violence leave and more provinces are considering such legislation.

"That means valuing the voices of women and girls, fighting the injustices and inequalities that put the most vulnerable women at the greatest risk of violence, and breaking down a culture that dismisses women's worth - from Hollywood studios to the halls of Parliament", he said. We recognize the disproportionately high levels of violence faced by Indigenous women and girls, and trans individuals. Men and women need to realize that violence against women will not end until men are an active part of the solution.