Posts Tagged ‘December 6’

Four women of NOW on the meaning of December 6

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Because we are women: December 6Today marks the anniversary of the massacre at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. 24 years later, the echoes of that terrible day are still strong. And they’re especially resonant on a day when we also mourn the death of Nelson Mandela.

The struggle for justice and equality has many faces. But there are strong common threads in both Mr. Mandela’s life and the daily work of multitudes to end violence against women.

In the same way that Margaret Mitchell’s male colleagues laughed when she raised the issue of domestic violence in the House of Commons, Nelson Mandela was demonized and dismissed on the editorial pages of the same newspapers running glowing eulogies today.

This is work that demands bold vision, persistence… and an enduring faith that ridicule and contempt can’t withstand the power of determined people. Today, we remember those who died on that day in 1989 in Montreal, and renew our commitment to building a world that treats our mothers, sisters and daughters with respect, justice and dignity.

Here, four of the women of NOW share a little of what December 6 means to them. (more…)

The silencing power of hate and fear – a personal story of remembrance

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

When anyone shoots or hits or shoves or murders us because we are women, we remember and take action because we are women. December 6.It was 1989. I had an apartment and my first ‘real’ job – working for a member of Parliament.  I was young, opinionated, making my own way in the world and loving it … when I decided to write a letter to the editor of the Vancouver Sun.

I wrote a letter because I had something to say about there being less conflict in the world if there were more women in decision-making positions. I honestly don’t remember what prompted me to write or the details of what I said. But I do remember what happened next.


Commemorating the women of l’École Polytechnique

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

December 6 marks the twenty-third anniversary of the violent deaths of 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. It’s a day of grief, sadness and anger – and a day when we rededicate ourselves to equality, opportunity and freedom from violence for women everywhere

We’ve created a few images we’ll be using and sharing in memory of those young women, and we’re inviting you to do the same. (Click each image to see it full-sized.)

They include a poster :

When anyone shoots or hits or shoves or murders us because we are women, we remember and take action because we are women - December 6