Montreal Massacre memorial set for Wednesday in London

In 1989 14 women at a university were killed. They are remembered in Canada every year on December 6

In 1989 14 women at a university were killed. They are remembered in Canada every year on December 6

The gunman, Mark Lepine, 25, killed the women after separating them from the men and then fatally shot himself.

Markham is the first municipality in the region to proclaim December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence against Women, Regional Coun.

"It's also to honour ... the women who are murdered across our country", Brown said. At U of T, events are taking place across all three campuses for the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women.

"Now I think it has to be attitudes to women and men being proud of changing their attitudes". "But violence against women is still a very present-day problem, in both our countries". She calls the killings a "premeditated attack against women who were breaking barriers and pursuing their dreams in a field traditionally dominated by men".

Mercifully, there were no new local names to add to the list of victims this year, said Andy Lou Somers, with East Prince Women's Information Centre and one of the memorial's organizers.

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

Kendra Strong-Garcia
Kendra Strong-Garcia YWCA senior director of programs says violence against women is an issue in the province that needs more attention

There were 14 women murdered in the École Polytechnique massacre in 1989 and 10 P.E.I. women killed by intimate partners or close acquaintances. Together, we can honour the lives lost on December 6, 1989, by working to prevent this violence before it begins.

"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. "There is still a power struggle, and there is still violence against women", said Carvalho.

"We as individuals have a responsibility to respect everyone regardless of their gender", said Nagpal.

"I'd like to suggest that all of our suffering is connected as is our freedom from it", says Bertsch.

The worldwide campaign, wrapping up December 10th, began in New Jersey and unites individuals, organizations, activists and government leaders to take a stand against gender-based violence. "If they're in the workplace and if they are being harassed or any type of violence, that they will feel more confident to come forward - because all those women are being heard now and things are being done about it", she said.

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