On December 6, 1989, 14 young students at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal were murdered. They died because they were women. This day marks the anniversary and Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Each year, the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women and partners including the Women’s Event Network and Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre host a vigil commemorating the victims of violence against women and gender-based violence in our community. It’s an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence.
In addition to the outdoor vigil at 6pm in Minto Park (Elgin & Gilmour), First United Church and All Saints Anglican Church in Westboro (both at 347 Richmond Rd) will host a non-religious candle lighting ceremony at 7:30pm.
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