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York University’s Centre for Human Rights commemorates National Day of Remembrance at Dec. 5 event

TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2013 – December 6, 2013 marks the 24th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, a tragic act of gender-based violence where fourteen young women were singled out for their gender and murdered on the campus of L’École Polytechnique in Montréal. In 1991, the Parliament of Canada established December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada.

To commemorate the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women, York University’s Centre for Human Rights invites the community to come together for an event on December 5 to remember all individuals who have been impacted by gender-based violence. White ribbons will be distributed in Vari Hall as a symbol of the commitment to end violence against women.

Event highlights include:

  • 11:30 am: Opening ceremony, Aboriginal Elder Laureen Waters
  • 11:40 am: Remarks, York University President Mamdouh Shoukri
  • 11:45 am: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Tania Das Gupta (Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Equity Studies)
  • 12:00 pm: Moment of silence and lighting of candles
  • 12:10 pm: Remarks, Chenthoori Malankov – Sexual Assault Survivors’ Support Line
  • 12:15 pm – Closing Remarks, Itzel Velasquez M. – Trans, Bi, Lesbian, Gay Allies at York

Resource tables in the rotunda of Vari Hall will share information and materials following the event.

For more information, see the event poster.

What: National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women commemorative event

Where: Vari Hall, Room 3009 – York University Keele campus (Building 30 on the map)

When: Thursday, December 5, 2013 – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Note: Media are invited to cover this commemorative event. Please contact Media Relations with interview requests.

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Media Contact: Tabassum Siddiqui, Media Relations, York University, 416 736 2100 x 44543 / tsiddiq@yorku.ca