Chair: Professor Janine Benedet,
Panelists: Professor Emerita Susan Boyd, Fay Blaney, Aboriginal Women’s Action Network, Gwendoline Allison, Lawyer,
Daisy Kler, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter and Lee Lakeman, Activist.
Today, in a protest held by Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, twelve women wearing black stood in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery holding signs with the names of the twelve women who were murdered by their male partners in BC this year.
In 2009, the collective at Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter took to the streets every time a woman in Canada was killed by her male partner. In our woman-only action we held signs with the murdered woman's name, age, and date of her death. We mourned the women who had been murdered by their husbands.
Lépine was clear, “Women to one side. You are all feminists, I hate feminists,” he shouted. One of the young survivors, Natalie, tells reporters how she pleaded at the time, “We are only women in engineering who want to live a normal life.” She is unaware she had risen above her station. But her attacker, Lépine, was sure that it was not yet normal for Canadian women to become engineers.