"A day to remember the 14 young women students who were murdered
at L'Ecole Poytechnique in Montreal, 1989 because they were women.
"A day to remember and honour all the women who have died by
"A day to remember and honour the girls and women who live with
"A day to take action to stop violence against girls and women.
"December 6 is a day to join together to recognize violence
against women and to make a commitment to safety for the girls and women
in the community."
On this day, December 6, 1989, at the
University of Montreal's school of engineering, fourteen women were murdered
in cold blood by a lone gunman. They were all shot down because they were
women, because as the killer said, "You're all fucking feminists.
I'm against feminism. That's why I'm here."
Please take a moment to remember those
Genevieve Bergeron, age 21
Helene Colgan, age 23
Nathalie Croteau, age 23
Barbara Daigneault, age 22
Anne-Marie Edward, age 21
Maud Haviernick, age 29
Barbara Maria Klucznik, age 31
Maryse Laganiere, age 25
Maryse Leclair, age 23
Anne-Marie Lemay, age 27
Sonia Pelletier, age 28
Michele Richard, age 21
Annie St-Arneault, age 23
Annie Turcotte, age 21
As you go about your day, the week, the year,
never forget these women, never forget that violence against all women
is endemic to the world in which we are living. We must never rest until
every woman is safe from the threat and fear of being assaulted, raped,
battered, mutilated, or murdered because of her gender. - And yes, every
man, but that's another problem since it's men who do the most killing.
On this day please remember these women of
Montreal, and remember all of the women who have suffered for no other
reason than they were born women.
In British Columbia - For information on December
6 activities contact your local woman-serving organizations, or call Enquiry
BC at 1-800-663-7867 and ask to be connected to the local area office of
the Regional Program Coordinator for the Ministry of Women's Equality.
The BC Ministry of Women's Equality gave Women
of Achievement and Herstory permission to use their marvelous pictorial
and elegy to the slain women both at the institute and those who die daily
from male violence. See http://www.weq.gov.bc.ca/dec6/poster.html
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