By Darlene Westerman, Coordinator, Ksan Society
The Canadian government established National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in 1991. Yesterday, December 6, was the anniversary of the murders of 14 young women studying to be engineers at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989. They were separated from the men in the class and gun down because they were women.
In addition to remembering these 14 young women who were killed as a result of gendered violence, the people of Canada are asked to take time on this day to reflect on the lives of all women and girls, here and away who have or are experiencing violence on a daily basis strictly because they are women.
It is a day of action and each person is asked to take a stand and work in community to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.