Women and men pause,
Remembering our sisters,
Renews our resolve.
Twenty-six years ago, on December 6, 1989, fourteen young engineering students, all women, were separated from the male students and gunned down at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal. I can remember the shock, sadness and anger surrounding the event as if it was yesterday–yet I also feel the weight of the decades that have passed since. As awareness of violence against women seems to build, the occurrence of violence doesn’t seem to diminish. December 6 is a Canadian National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.
Sadly, violence against women is a global issue. The United Nations’ International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women was on November 25. On this day an ‘Orange the World’ campaign was launched: 16 days of education and activism against gender-based violence. The campaign ends on December 10, International Human Rights Day.