Women still being killed, tortured, 28 years after Montreal massacre

Ivan Schwartz
December 7, 2017

These facts show that 28 years after the Montreal Massacre, we have not made enough head-way in ending violence against women.

They were killed simply because they were women.

Vigils across the country marked Wednesday's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, created after 14 women were slain at Montreal's l'École Polytechnique in 1989.

"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".

It was also a call to action to help put an end to violence against women. Each woman's name was read out.

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.

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"And yet, to think that there are still women here in our community, in Markham, in York Region, that face violence, that face threats every single day is truly a sad commentary on our progress as a society".

In commemoration of the women who were killed on December 8, 1989 at École Polytechnique, the mayor of Montreal is inviting all Montrealers to the city's annual memorial.

Today is also about asking why acts of violence against women are still happening in 2017.

"We are not truly thriving if members of our community are allowed to suffer from pervasive abuse and discrimination", says Bertsch, the U of C's sexual violence support advocate.

"The university, the educational system is a very special and important place and it's important to value education, especially in fields like STEM where it provides opportunities for people where diverse backgrounds and opinions are needed very much", she says.

Those in attendance were invited to light a candle for a woman they know who is or has been the victim of gender-based violence. "Together we have a responsibility to foster a culture of respect and inclusion". It not only led to stricter gun control laws in the country, but it sparked national discussion on how to address gender-based violence.

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