The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

By Nina Badwal
– December 2021 – 

On December 6, 1989 in Montreal, a man armed with a semi-automatic gun walked into École Polytechnique, an engineering school affiliated with the University of Montreal.  After entering a classroom, he separated the male and female students and opened fire on the women.  He murdered 14 women that day because of their gender.  In his suicide note, the 25 year-old shooter blamed feminists for ruining his life.  This day became known as the “Montreal Massacre.”  

The 14 women who lost their lives that day are: 

  • Geneviève Bergeron
  • Hélène Colgan
  • Nathalie Croteau
  • Barbara Daigneault
  • Anne-Marie Edward
  • Maud Haviernick
  • Maryse Laganière
  • Maryse Leclair
  • Anne-Marie Lemay
  • Sonia Pelletier
  • Michèle Richard
  • Annie St-Arneault
  • Annie Turcotte
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

In 1991, the government of Canada designated December 6th as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On this day, Canadians not only remember the 14 women gunned down at École Polytechnique, but all women who have become victims of gender-based violence; and how we as a society need stop violence against women.  

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2022-01-06T17:17:48+00:00December 1st, 2021|Categories: anti-oppressive, Community, education, General, racism, Women|0 Comments

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