Thomas remembers women who lost their lives to violence

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Thomas remembers women who lost their lives to violence

It began on International Day for the Elimination of Violence will end on International Human Rights Day.

"As we mark this anniversary, we also mourn all the women and girls whose lives have been lost to gender-based violence, and we recognize that many women face violence in their daily lives".

On December 6, 1989, 14 women were killed by a gunman at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique.

"It's with the presence of those women and all the women who were in engineering before us that we're able to study", she said after the ceremony.

On the anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre, local social agencies across the province are honouring women who are victims of violence and joining supporters across the country in a national day of remembrance. Almost 40 per cent of women in Canada who reported assault by an intimate partner said their children witnessed the assault.

Mickie Keefer, executive director of St. Thomas-Elgin Second Stage Housing, said December 6 is a day to recognize the actions of the community is relation to gender-based violence. "We need to take action and we need to come together collectively as a community and say, 'no more, no more'".

Having the ceremony held at Fanshawe College has special significance for Keefer, who recognized the Montreal massacre happened at a school.

"We're seeing things happening, we're seeing people being removed from their jobs and it becoming very public, and I think that is exactly what needs to happen for us to start seeing change, there needs to be repercussions", Johb said.

Men were present for the ceremony, which meant a lot to Keefer.

"I think it's an award that stems from a terrible tragedy, and I think this is an excellent way to try to turn that around years later and make something positive of the fact that women are now recognized as making important contributions in engineering", she said.

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