Commemorating December 6th

Today we commemorate the lives of the 14 young women who were massacred on December 6th 1989. They were killed because they were women and as engineering students they occupied public space in non-traditional roles. Every year we call for action, because explicit misogyny, insidious discrimination and gender based violence continue to provoke fear in the lives of women in Canada and in the lives of our sisters across the globe.

A man walked into the Ecole Polytechnique who hoped to scare women away from their dreams. And so, for the girls who want to be engineers, scientists, artists, lawyers, doctors, leaders, we call for action today. For the women who want to be treated equally, who want to be respected and not racialized, impoverished or marginalized, we call for action today. For all women who want to actualize all their choices, whatever they may be, in peace and security, without fear of violence or degradation, we call for action today.

Today and every day, women must have what they need to live without fear, without violence and with choice.