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It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the tragic massacre in Montreal. In 1989, 14 women studying engineering were murdered by Marc Lepine at L’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal – solely because of their gender.
Sadly, all these years later the problem of violence against women is as pervasive as ever. Everywhere you look, there’s another story in the news—from Ray Rice to Jian Ghomeshi to Bill Cosby and beyond, the epidemic of violence against women is worldwide and cuts across all classes.
On December 6, 2014, Canadians will observe the annual National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women was enacted in 1991 to provide Canadians the opportunity to be conscious of the epidemic of violence against women, voice their opposition, and focus on action steps that can be taken to eradicate violence against women.
Canadian flags will be flown at half-mast on all federal buildings, and many events are held throughout the GTA, including memorial services and candlelight vigils:
Looking for a way to participate and show your support? You can wear a white or purple ribbon to demonstrate your commitment to end violence against women. You are also encouraged to observe a minute of silence on December 6—in remembrance of not only the 14 women who were killed, but also in reflection of all women who have experienced violence.
At Interval House, it is our mission to end violence against women. We offer residential, community, and advocacy programs, to raise awareness of the problem and give women the best possible chance to succeed. It’s long past time to end violence against women. On December 6, and in the days leading up to it, show your support for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.