On December sixth 1989, a lone gunman targeted and killed fourteen women at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, shocking the nation.
According to a Statistics Canada Survey, 51% of Canadian women over the age of 16 have experienced gender-based violence.
Many groups want to change that reality. One such group is The White Ribbon Campaign, an organization focused on motivating men and boys to end gender-based violence.
Jeff Perera is the community engagement manager with the White Ribbon Campaign and I spoke with him about the campaign.
For more information on the campaign, you can visit whiteribbon.ca
Fourteen victims of École Polytechnique
Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student
Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student
Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student
Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique’s finance department
Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student
Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student
Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student
Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student