30 years ago, a senseless act of violence occurred at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal that took the lives of 14 young women.
There is no place in society for gender-based violence.
The above image is one of many that the Government of Canada has prepared for individuals to start a conversation on gender-based violence. Additional images can be found here for those wishing to start a conversation. Remember to include the hashtag #OurActionsMatter to have your voice heard.
Today at 10:30 am, the University of Waterloo will commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with a ceremony in the 2nd Floor Atrium of Engineering 7. You can officially register for the event here but there will be space set aside for people to attend, even if they have not officially registered.
In addition to the ceremony, the University of Waterloo will be participating in a nationwide memorial by shining a beam of light into the sky to honour and remember the 14 young women. The beam of light will be turned on at 5:00 pm just outside of Engineering 5. As visitors pass by the light, we ask that all reflect upon this tragedy and pay tribute with a moment of silence.
Should you wish to take positive action, one thing you can do is donate to the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation. This foundation aims to attract women to the engineering profession to honour the memory of the 14 women whose lives tragically ended on December 6, 1989. Many highly successful engineers have benefited from the work of this important foundation.
One of our University of Waterloo students was the recipient of the Nellie Giffen Ambassador Award for 2019 offered by the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation. I would encourage interested female applicants and female students to consider applying for an Undergraduate Ambassador Award on the foundation’s website. The deadline to apply for an award is January 13, 2020.