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Calgary commemorates national day dedicated to preventing violence against women
07 December 2017, 02:32 | Cesar Cruz
Remembering victims of the Montreal Massacre U of T commemorates Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women
It's worth remembering that December 6th is also National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, which was created in direct response to the Polytechnique tragedy.
The speakers reflect on the horrors of that day, but also talk about the challenge many still face in a society where gender equality is still far from won. He shot 28 people, killing 14 women, before turning the gun on himself.
"Today, let's all take a moment to remember not only the young women killed in Montreal, but all women whose lives have been lost to violence", said Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.
Otherwise known as the "Polytechnique Massacre", 14 women were slain 28 years ago, for no reason other than their gender.
"With our history as women in education even, being able to strive and be what we want to be, dream those dreams, and become those dreams". In Canada, a woman is killed by her current or former intimate partner every 6 days.
"It brought a very acute spotlight onto violence against women that it just doesn't happen in our homes or in far away places".
Unions have been working on the issue of violence against women and girls for decades. Nirmala Armstrong, herself once a victim of domestic violence, said. "It's on every single one of us to help end violence against women and girls".
Unions have been negotiating language in collective agreements to provide dedicated paid leave for members experiencing violence, as well as protection from adverse action or discrimination as a result of disclosing.
#METOO, the recent social media trend, saw many courageous women sharing their stories, shedding light on a widespread culture that promotes acts of violence against women, in particular, sexual harassment and assault.
"I think it's an award that stems from a terrible tragedy, and I think this is an excellent way to try to turn that around years later and make something positive of the fact that women are now recognized as making important contributions in engineering", she said.
Her voice quivered on Wednesday as she got emotional about the year we're living in and things not seeming to be getting any better when it comes to violence against women.
Artist Lubaina Himid wins 2017 Turner Prize
The jury also acknowledged her role as an influential curator and educator who continues to speak urgently to the moment. The jury admired Himid's expansive and exuberant approach to painting which combines satire and a sense of theatre.
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