December 6, 2017, marks a day recognized annually in Canada as the National Day of Action and Remembrance on Violence against Women. In 1989, fourteen women were murdered by a lone gunman walking through the halls of l’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. They died because they were women. As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence, December 6 represents an opportunity to reflect on all violence against women and remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence.
Each year, Leeds and Grenville hosts an event to honour, not only the women who lost their lives in Montreal, but also the women and children in our own communities who live with violence in their homes, or who have been victims of violence in the past.
This year’s event is being hosted by the Victim Issues Coordinating Committee of Leeds and Grenville, which consists of a collaboration of agencies committed to enhancing our community response to violence, on Wednesday, December 6, at the Brockville Women’s Memorial, located on Blockhouse Island, from 4:30pm-5:30pm.
All are welcome to join us for this event to honour the 14 women murdered in Montreal, as well as to acknowledge local victims of violence against women. The evening will include a rose ceremony, candle light vigil, and live musical entertainment. There will be warm refreshments available.
This is an inclusive event: all women, children, and men are welcome to attend free of charge.
For more information, please contact: Brandy Morton, Coordinator of the Victim Issues Coordinating Committee at [email protected].