National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6th, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Montreal massacre and the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. In 1989, fourteen women attending École Polytechnique, an engineering school, were murdered, fourteen others were injured, and fifteen others on a hit list in the name of “fighting feminism”. They were murdered because they were women. The names of these women are:

Geneviève Bergeron

Helene Colgan

Nathalie Croteau

Barbara Daigneault

Anne-Marie Edward

Maud Haviernick

Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

Maryse Laganière

Maryse Leclair

Anne-Marie Lemay

Sonia Pelletier

Michèle Richard

Annie St-Arneault

Annie Turcotte

Jer’s Vision would also like to take this opportunity to recognize that violence against women disproportionately targets Indigenous women, trans women, Black women, and women who experience these intersections.

Additionally, we want to highlight some community resources such as: Families of Sisters in Spirit, Women’s Resource Centre at uOttawa, CUSA Womyn’s Centre at CarletonU, Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, Sexual Assault Support Centre, Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre’s Violence Against Women support program, Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, Wabano, and the Minwaashin Lodge.

Tarah Douillon

Educational Programming Coordinator