Monday, 11 December, 2017

Summerside service marks day of prevention of violence against women

Dozens gathered at a memorial to Marylou Hyjek outside the Windsor Chrysler Assembly Plant on Dec. 6 to call for an end to violence against women Montreal Massacre memorial set for Wednesday in London
Nellie Chapman | 07 December, 2017, 02:29

Roses will be laid in memory of local women and the 14 women of the Montreal Massacre who have been murdered by men.

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

Westcott was addressing an audience at OPP General Headquarters during the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

"I was in the women's studies program at Concordia University at the time", said Carvalho, "For me every year when that time comes around I remember that happened, and [violence] still happens".

In Ottawa, flags at all city sites will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

"Now I think it has to be attitudes to women and men being proud of changing their attitudes".

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People lay white roses at the memorial to Marylou. The Chrysler Plant 6 worker was killed by her husband in 1998

"Today, let's all take a moment to remember not only the young women killed in Montreal, but all women whose lives have been lost to violence", said Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President. "But violence against women is still a very present-day problem, in both our countries". Each woman's name was read out. She calls the killings a "premeditated attack against women who were breaking barriers and pursuing their dreams in a field traditionally dominated by men".

"I think it's an award that stems from a awful tragedy, and I think this is an excellent way to try to turn that around years later and make something positive of the fact that women are now recognized as making important contributions in engineering", she said.

"Unions have a significant role to play in ensuring women's safety at home and in the workplace and in advocating for support for women facing violence every day".

Canada was shaken 28 years ago by the violent mass murder of 14 young women at École Polytechnique, generating awareness on the ongoing social issue of gender-based violence and misogyny.

Violence against women - particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence - is a major public health problem and a violation of women's human rights. "Together we have a responsibility to foster a culture of respect and inclusion".