Polytechnique presents scholarship in honour of Montreal massacre victims

Polytechnique presents scholarship in honour of Montreal massacre victims

Fourteen women were killed at École Polytechnique nearly 30 years ago, simply because they were women.

It's worth remembering that December 6th is also National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, which was created in direct response to the Polytechnique tragedy.

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 award was given out days ahead of the 28th anniversary of the Polytechnique massacre on December 6.

Victims of violence are also gathering at Barrie city hall on Wednesday night for a ceremony and to remember the Dec.6, 1989 massacre. "It's on every single one of us to help end violence against women and girls".

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Saying the voices of Indigenous women, one of the most victimized groups in the world, have been ignored for 500 years, Smoke urged agencies promoting the safety of women to work with First Nations communities, an offer Herenda accepted.

"It is an issue of power and control", she says of gender-based violence, then and now. They have also contributed to this moment in our history when feminism is something we are proud of.

Unions have been negotiating language in collective agreements to provide dedicated paid leave for members experiencing violence, as well as protection from adverse action or discrimination as a result of disclosing. I challenge all Albertans, especially men, to take action against violence against women and girls. "If they're in the workplace and if they are being harassed or any type of violence, that they will feel more confident to come forward - because all those women are being heard now and things are being done about it", she said.

The men in the crowd wear white ribbons, a symbol of their commitment to be a part of the solution, promoting gender equity, healthy relationships and a new version of masculinity.

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