Thomas remembers women who lost their lives to violence

Thomas remembers women who lost their lives to violence

Fourteen young women, almost all of them in their early twenties, shot dead by a gunman who blamed successful women for his own unhappy life.

Almost 40 per cent of women in Canada who reported assault by an intimate partner said their children witnessed the assault. "But violence against women is still a very present-day problem, in both our countries".

The murder of 14 women at l'ƒcole Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989 sparked nationwide conversations on the issue of violence against women and has now been named the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

"Equipping students with values and an understanding of societal impacts and the ethics of what they do I think will make them stronger graduates who will have a greater impact, not just technically but in the larger landscape of things", she says. "It was an attack on feminism fuelled by misogyny that persists today". It happens every day, in our country, in our city, and in our neighbourhood.

Shelley Yeo is the assistant executive director at ANOVA and tells 980 CFPL community involvement is key to fighting violence against women.

U of C president Elizabeth Cannon talks about her memories of 28 years ago, as well as highlighting the many steps the school has taken to create a more inclusive community where all feel safe.

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. By lighting the night, they hope to draw attention to the need for action on violence against women in Canada.

Specifically, in 2015, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), of which the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is an affiliate, partnered with the University of Western Ontario to conduct the first-ever Canadian survey on domestic violence in the workplace.

"We as individuals have a responsibility to respect everyone regardless of their gender", said Nagpal.

People like Paulette Senior share that belief.

The worldwide campaign, wrapping up December 10th, began in New Jersey and unites individuals, organizations, activists and government leaders to take a stand against gender-based violence.

"They were promising engineering students, murdered for one reason: they were women", Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean said in a statement.

"When gender-based violence is eradicated, we'll all be better for it".