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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

December 06, 2018 — On the afternoon of December 6, 1989, a man claiming to be “fighting feminism” carried a rifle into École Polytechnique in Montreal, where he targeted and murdered 14 women simply because they were women. Another 10 women were wounded in that attack, which has come to be known as the Montreal Massacre. 

Every year now, December 6 is observed as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. We honour the lives of the Montreal Massacre victims, and we remember all the women whose lives have been lost or impacted because of gender-based violence. It is also a day on which we renew our commitment to taking action.

“Twenty-nine years after the Montreal Massacre, gender based-violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault still plague women in their workplaces, in their homes, and even in public spaces,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof. “That is why we must continue working to keep the conversation going and to constantly condemn all unacceptable behaviour on the part of men toward women. OSSTF/FEESO members have always taken an active role, both inside and outside of the classroom, in creating and promoting dialogue about gender-based violence.”

“Today, OSSTF/FEESO members across Ontario will be participating in events to honour the victims of the Montreal Massacre and all victims of gender-based violence. They will continue to work with students throughout the school year to promote gender equality, to confront sexism and misogyny, and to prevent violence against women and girls,” concluded Bischof.
 

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