Ceremonies remember victims of domestic, gender base violence

Events in Ottawa to mark anniversary of Montreal Massacre

"It actually seems to me the start of a culture change, that women aren't going to be as afraid to come forward".

To create change, it is essential to recognize that the issue of violence against women knows no frontiers.

Fourteen women lost their lives to violence on December 6, 1989.

Vigils will be held across Ottawa today to commemorate the 28 anniversary of the Montreal Massacre and the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

Thomson smiled and posed for photos as she was presented with the $30,000 scholarship as well as a gold and silver necklace and 14 white roses - one for each of the 14 women who died.

December 6th is a dark day in our country's history. Lit candles, a screen displaying the names of the young women so mercilessly slaughtered and the soft strains of piano music honour the lives lost.

"I have received death threats over my effort to provide free period products to students on campus", says Hilary Jahelka, the vice-president of student life with the U of C's Students' Union, by way of one example.

"Every Albertan has the right to live without fear and violence".

There were 14 women murdered in the École Polytechnique massacre in 1989 and 10 P.E.I. women killed by intimate partners or close acquaintances.

He said more has to be done to combat gender-based violence at home and overseas through fighting injustice and inequality. Nirmala Armstrong, herself once a victim of domestic violence, said.

"We as individuals have a responsibility to respect everyone regardless of their gender", said Nagpal.

"This event is named a ritual and a ritual by its very design honours grief, sadness, and anger and then moves through that to transform it into hope for action", said Young-Milani.

People like Paulette Senior share that belief.

Canadians have the support of this Government, whether it be through the first federal strategy to prevent and address gender-based violence, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the National Housing Strategy, and investments in shelters.

"It's with the presence of those women and all the women who were in engineering before us that we're able to study", she said after the ceremony.

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