Thursday, 6 December 2012

National day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

**Trigger Warning** This post talks about a violent event that may be triggering for some...

December 6th, a very important day in the lives of Canadians. 
Today, we remember women all around Canada whose lives have 
Classroom at Polytechnique where
he opened fire on the students.
been lost at the hands of an abuser. On December 6th 1989, Marc Lépine shot and killed 14 women at École Polytechnique, Canada's top Engineering university, located in Montreal Quebec. He roamed the hallways entering one classroom first. He ordered all the women to one side of the room and the men to the other, granting the men permission to leave. To the nine women left in that room he cried "You're all a bunch of feminists, and I hate feminists", opened fire and shot and killed six of them, injuring three. This university was accepting women for the first time and he, angry that his application had been denied,  
associated the acceptance of women at the school with his denied access.He continued to roam the hallways solely seeking women to kill. He would kill 14 women that day, leaving behind another 14 injured and countless grieving friends and family members.

Memorial in Minto Park, Ottawa ON Canada 
    Michele Richard 21
    Helene Colgan 23
    Nathalie Croteau,23
    Maryse Leclair 23 
    Sonia Pelletier 28 
    Annie Turcotte 21
    Maryse Laganiere 25 
    Barbara Daigneault 22 
    Anne-Marie Lemay 22
    Anne-Marie Edward 21
    Maud Haviernick 29
    Annie St. Arneault 23
    Genevieve Bergeron 21

What came of this event was a national day to remember that violence against women happens every day, all around the world. We take this day not to blame Mark Lépine for killing those women, a man who himself experienced abuse at the hands of his father and was therefore raised in violence. As someone of low economic status he had little access to resources, so rather than blaming him for continuing the cycle of violence let's recognize that he was a victim as well. We take this day to recognize that we have to fight for justice every day of our lives. For women, for people of various gender identities and sexual orientations, for the poor who experience some of the highest rates of violence, for people everywhere fighting to end hatred. 

Please take the time today to remember these women in just one minute of silence....

We'll leave you with this song by Tracy Chapman and maybe take some time to think how, if we all just get together for this cause what wonderful changes can and are already happening in our world.

~ Leila and Barry

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