Today, on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, we stand in solidarity and support with one another at The Gathering Place in the Town of Cobourg, Ontario to remember Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz.
These are the women who lost their lives in the tragic mass shooting at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal (December 6, 1989).
Today marks 30 years since this somber day in Canadian history.
Today, we also remember the 37 women in Ontario who have been murdered or who have gone missing. Thank you to Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses for their commitment to honouring the lives of these women through their work on Femicide. The 2018/2019 Annual Femicide List is available on the OAITH website.
Below is OAITH’s Statement: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women:
December 6th 2019 marks 30 years since 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal were killed because of their gender. Today OAITH will remember, reflect and take action as we observe the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. December 6th Vigils are occurring across Ontario to ensure they are not forgotten. We call on Ontarian’s to take time today to remember and be active in the change we need to end men’s violence against women. Learn more about their lives and who we lost on December 6th, 1989.
30 Years After December 6th 1989
30 Years Later: Shelters are full with hundreds of women turned away every day across Canada. Shelters should never be full, as it means a woman being harmed can’t access a safe space.
30 years Later Demand for service has never been greater to respond to the violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation that women experience at the hands of cis-gender men.
30 Years Later Misogyny and Trans Misogyny continues to permeate our homes, streets, schools, communities and workplaces, with violent and tragic attacks and killing of women, girls and 2SLGBTQ people in Ontario and across Canada.
30 Years Later 231 Individual Calls for Justice have been developed in response to the staggering rates of Violence Against Indigenous Women, Girls and 2-Spirit Peoples 30 Years Later OAITH has tracked more than 780 acts of Femicide reported by the media in Ontario.
30 Years Later We’re fundraising to save the lives of women and children 30 Years Later There were 36 Women and Girls killed by Cis-Gender Men during 2019 in Ontario.
30 Years Later We are joining the call for the Liberal Government to implement their commitment for a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women in year 1 of their mandate.
30 Years Later And We’re Still Counting Femicides.
OAITH represents over 75 Violence Against Women Shelters and Community-Based Organizations who work on the front lines every day. Together we work to end all violence against women and girls in Ontario through Advocacy, Public Education, Training and Resources. OAITH Tracks and Analyzes Media Reports and Publishes the Annual Ontario Femicide List.