National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

I have promoted the UN He for She campaign to raise awareness and involve men in the fight for gender equality. I often post about it or speak to others about it by referring to my wife and daughters. It makes it very real for me to imagine something happening to them just because they’re female.

I don’t want to do that today. Today is not about my wife and daughters. Today is about every daughter that is and ever was. It can not be taken lightly. We have to celebrate progress, remember those who were lost in 1989, and acknowledge that we haven’t come nearly far enough.

Most importantly we have to recognize that today is the day we commit to take action and to remember. That today we remember a Canadian tragedy. A dark moment in our far too recent history. A moment that we all have to take ownership of.

Remember these women and take action to prevent this from ever happening again. Please read each name and take a moment for each. Give them a moment today for the 819,936,000 moments we’ve lived without them.

  • Genevieve Bergeron
  • Helene Colgan
  • Nathalie Croteau
  • Barbara Daigneault
  • Anne Marie Edward
  • Maud Haviernick
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz
  • Maryse Laganiere
  • Maryse Leclair
  • Anne-Marie Lemay
  • Sonia Pelletier
  • Michele Richard
  • Annie St-Arnault
  • Annie Turcotte

 

Men, take the He for She pledge hereLearn about the problem in a Nova Scotia context here