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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