December 6, 1989
l’École Polytechnique Massacre
On this day in 1989, 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal were brutally murder by Twenty-five-year-old Marc Lépine; in an act of gender-based violence.
This sparked the Parliament of Canada to mark December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada, in 1991.
In a statement released by the government of Canada reads, “December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.”
Source: Canada.ca / Image: Nanakasha.com