December 6th – Day to End Violence Against Women By Joyclin Coates, Vice President of Women’s rights, Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council
Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student
Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student
Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student
Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique’s finance department
Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student
Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student
Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student
Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student
24 years ago on December 6, 2014 these young women were gunned down by a lone assailant. And on December 6 of each year since 1991 this day has been observed as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. The reasons are well documented about the motivation for the killings, — because they were women, and they were involved in education in fields of study which have long been a stronghold for careers for men.
Around the world the fight for girls and women to get an education which would help to lift them out of dependence and poverty continues. . This was never so prominent , this past year as when a 16 year old school girl, Malala Yousafzai , was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan. Her subsequent survival and “coming out swinging” attitude of defiance , and a symbol of hope, almost won her a Nobel Peace Prize.
Freedom to be educated, freedom from abuse, and all manner of violence; sexual and other physical and psychological attacks, continues to be an elusive goal and impossible for many women.
Our current government sought to remove the Long Gun Registry which was implemented to reduce risk of death and injury to many, including women in abusive domestic situations. Their goal to in removing this Registry, in February of 2012 was […Continue reading December 6th – Day to End Violence Against Women]