Today marks a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Dec 6th, 2016 is the 27 year anniversary of the deaths of 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. I remember the day well but, for the purposes of writing a little blog, I ‘googled’ the day to see what would come up. I saw many articles written in various newspapers, but decided to have a look at the top of the page, which for me is a Wikipedia page. Wow. The events of that day are explained in amazing detail. I would encourage anyone who wants a reminder of what transpired to take a few minutes to read this page. It explains the events as they unfolded, talks about the speculation about why the shooter did what he did. It talks about the women and men who survived, the PTSD that affected those involved, the criticism some of the men received because of their perceived inaction. It also lists the names of the women who were killed.
It was a pivotal moment in Canadian history and I think it’s worth stopping for a few minutes today to focus on the lessons we’ve learned, or not learned. It makes me wonder about the Toronto doctor who was abused for years and allegedly killed by her husband last week. It makes me wonder why we allow people like Donald Trump to publicly degrade women. It makes me worry about the safety of our daughters. We focus on race, religion, political beliefs…how often do we forget that sometimes just being a female has fatal consequences?
We owe it to the memory of those women, and all the women who have lost their lives to violence since then, to take a few minutes on this, the National Day of Remembrance.
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