A Day to Remember

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On December 6, 1989 a man armed with a 223-calibre rifle walked into the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal and shot and killed 14 women. The man claimed he hated feminists and they were the reason for ruining his life. 

In light of this attack on women, in 1991 parliament decided to make that day a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

Fanshawe celebrated this day and remembered those who were murdered with a memorial service. Volunteer students shared their time to speak the names of those lives lost and place a white rose in front of their picture.

This day now represents a chance to reflect on those who have faced gender-based violence and discrimination. November 25 marks the first of the 16 days of activism against gender violence which ends December 10, with international human rights day.

The memorial service lasted about 45 minutes and women involved in fighting for gender equality spoke about the progress made and the future challenges women will face in the workplace as well as everyday social life. 


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