December 6, 2016 — On December 6, 1989, fourteen women at École Polytechnique in Montreal were targeted and killed simply because they were women. Twenty-seven years have passed since that day and violence against women continues to plague our society.
Every year now, December 6 is observed as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. It is a day when we honour the lives of the Montreal Massacre victims, and renew our commitment to taking action against gender-based violence.
Today, OSSTF/FEESO members will be participating in events across Ontario to honour the lives of those fourteen women. And they will continue to work with students throughout the school year to implement initiatives aimed at promoting gender equality, confronting sexism and misogyny, and preventing violence against women.
OSSTF/FEESO asks everyone to commit to doing whatever it takes to make gender-based violence a thing of the past.