National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women Ceremony & Toxic Masculinity Workshop

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National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women Ceremony & Toxic Masculinity Workshop

December 6, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the 1989 massacre of 13 female students and one female administrator at École Polytechnique in Montreal. Each year, a pan-university ceremony is held to honour the victims and inspire our community to act against gender-based-violence.

This year, following the ceremony, the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education will be hosting a workshop on toxic masculinity. In the workshop you will learn about unhealthy masculinity, consent and crafting healthy relationships from educator, activist and advocate Leroy Milton. There will also be a comfort space in the Bergeron – Room 107A staffed by counsellors from Student Counseling & Disabilities.

As part of the larger 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, there will also be a variety of events happening across campus to inspire, educate and honour these 14 victims as well as the thousands of female-identified individuals from all walks of life, who experience and have lost their lives to violence.

Events Include:

  • November 25 – November 29 (Vari Hall) - Feathers for our Women Installation: spreading awareness about Missing or Murdered Women, Girls, Transgender & Two-Spirit peoples in Canada
  • November 25: Healthy Relationships Seminar – Presented by the Centre for Sexual Violence, Response, Support & Education
  • November 27: Film Screening of the documentary Polytechnique & Community Discussion – presented by the York Federation of Students
  • December 2: Intersectionality & Sexual Violence Seminar – Presented by the Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion


We must honour the memory of these women while also inspiring change – ensuring acts of violence like this never happen again. Challenging attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate misogyny and ensuring we provide safe spaces free of barriers for those who are accessing supports & resources are integral.

Education and awareness are key to enact meaningful change and so we invite you to take action whether you do this by attending our 30th Anniversary Memorial & workshop or one of our 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence events or by making a personal contribution to an organization that supports action against gender-based violence – we encourage you to educate yourself and take action, in any way you can.

When: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 11:00am – 12.00pm (Ceremony), 12:00pm – 1:00pm (Workshop)

Where: First Floor Eatery & Room 125 Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence

Lunch will be provided at the workshop


For full event details and to RSVP, please visit go.yorku.ca/take-action.

This pan-university ceremony is a collaborative initiative between the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education, the Community Safety Department, the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services, President and Vice Chancellor Rhonda Lenton and the Lassonde School of Engineering. More information on The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women can be found here. This day is part of the larger 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

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