National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

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York University Ceremony
Monday, December 3 
11.30am – 12.30pm
Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, 1st floor Cafeteria
On Monday, December 3, the Lassonde School of Engineering is hosting York University’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women ceremonyThe event is in partnership with the President’s Office, the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education, and the Department of Community Safety. On this day, we commemorate the lives of 14 female victims of the December 6, 1989 massacre at  École Polytechnique in Montreal.
These young women were engineering and nursing students, as well as a staff administrator. They were targeted because they were women in an engineering school.
Sign-up to attend the ceremony. 
Established by the Parliament of Canada in 1991 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada, the day represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of gender-based violence in our society.
"…every year at this time I am reminded of how personal an issue this is for me—not only as a woman and as a mother, but also as a sociologist whose research has largely centered on the reduction of violence against women", says President Rhonda Lenton. Read more of President Lenton’s 2017 ceremony remarks here.
To mark the anniversary, the Lassonde School installed a modular mural commissioned by the York Federation of Students. Fourteen pieces of art constitute the mural, one for each victim. With it, we commemorate the women, we honour women in the fields of engineering, science and human rights and we celebrate women’s achievement, empowerment and resilience. The artwork is on permanent display on the second floor of the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence. 
What does violence look like in our community?
Experiencing violence can have devastating health and social impacts on the lives of individuals, families, communities and Canadian society as a whole.
Violence is the use and abuse of power and control over another person. Violence includes any act of violence or abuse that can result in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering. 
Learn more about Gender-Based Violence here.
What can I do to end gender-based violence?
You can take actions to help your community live free from violence. 
  • Watch this video produced by the Lassonde Media Group, interviewing York University students about their thoughts on taking action to support marginalized people.
  • Take the pledge here and include the message: I believe everyone has the right to live a life free from violence. I pledge to take action to end gender-based violence #MYActionsMatter #YorkU
  • Do your part to build a compassionate community and share your actions so others can learn from you. Use the social media tag #MyActionsMatter to start the conversation.
We Remember
  • Geneviève Bergeron, age 21, second year civil engineering student
  • Hélène Colgan, age 23, fourth year mechanical engineering student
  • Nathalie Croteau, age 23, fourth year mechanical engineering student
  • Barbara Daigneault, age 22, fourth year mechanical engineering student
  • Anne-Marie Edward, age 21, first year chemical engineering student
  • Maud Haviernick, age 29, second year metallurgical engineering student
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, age 31, first year nursing student
  • Maryse Laganière, age 25, school budget clerk 
  • Maryse Leclair, age 23, fourth year metallurgical engineering student
  • Anne-Marie Lemay, age 27, fourth year mechanical engineering student
  • Sonia Pelletier, age 28, fourth year mechanical engineering student
  • Michèle Richard, age 21, second year metallurgical engineering student
  • Annie St-Arneault, age 23, fourth year mechanical engineering student
  • Annie Turcotte, age 21, first year metallurgical engineering student



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