Today, we remember the 14 women killed for simply being women. On December 6, 1989, at the École Polytechnique in Montreal a 25 year old man* armed with a rifle and a hunting knife walked in to the school. He separated the female students from the male students. Claiming he was fighting feminism, he began killing the female students. After his senseless and violent rampage, 28 people were shot and 14 women were killed.
The Montreal Massacre, as it became known, shed light on the violence against Canadian woman. Sadly, not enough has been done to end this violence. Just look at these statistics compiled by the Canadian Women’s Foundation:
- Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since 16 years of age.
- 67% of all Canadians say they know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.
Murdered and missing aboriginal and indigenous women are more likely to be victims of violence. Metrac has pulled together the startling statistics:
- Many Aboriginal and indigenous women aged 15 to 34 represent close to 63% of female victims
- Nearly half of the cases of stolen sisters are unresolved. Only 53% of murder cases involving Aboriginal and indigenous cases involving women and girls have lead to criminal charges.
We can never forget the lives of women who were killed for simply being women. Therefore today, we ask you to take time to remember the 14 women who were murdered. They are:
- Geneviève Bergeron
- Hélène 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
We encourage you to share your stories and speak out today on social media using the hashtag #December6 to bring awareness to the ongoing violence against all women.