Forum remembers École Polytechnique, fights violence against women today

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"The 14 women killed at École Polytechnique in Montreal 22 years ago were remembered by over a hundred participants at a public education forum for ending violence against women, which took place at The Cultch on Vancouver's East Side on Dec. 3, one of many such events across the country. Fourteen other people, 10 women and four men, were also injured during the Montreal Massacre, which took place on Dec. 6, 1989. Those gathered talked, listened, and strategized around women's resistance to violence against women. The day was filled with sadness and strength, inspiration and frustration, as women discussed the power of women and the difficulties of combating gendered violence in a patriarchal world. Many stories shared were very personal and while it was impossible not to connect one's own lived experiences to that systematic abuse, the thread that ran throughout the day was about the responsibility political authority."