Violence against women concerns us all

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These facts show that 28 years after the Montreal Massacre, we have not made enough head-way in ending violence against women. Fourteen young women, almost all of them in their early twenties, shot dead by a gunman who blamed successful women for his own unhappy life.

The anniversary falls on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Seven out of 10 Albertans have known a woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse, McLean said.

In Ottawa, flags at all city sites will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

"It actually seems to me the start of a culture change, that women aren't going to be as afraid to come forward".

Ceremonies will take place in Montreal and across the country to honour the lives lost and to continue to call for an end to violence against women.

A collection of shoes, each labelled with the name of a missing or murdered woman, will be on display at St. Andrews on the Square on Wednesday - "putting a name to those who can no longer speak for themselves".

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"Today is a day to reflect on the reality that violence against women and girls remains pervasive in our society".

"Every Albertan has the right to live without fear and violence".

Canada was shaken 28 years ago by the violent mass murder of 14 young women at École Polytechnique, generating awareness on the ongoing social issue of gender-based violence and misogyny.

"We as individuals have a responsibility to respect everyone regardless of their gender", said Nagpal.

"The university, the educational system is a very special and important place and it's important to value education, especially in fields like STEM where it provides opportunities for people where diverse backgrounds and opinions are needed very much", she says.

The global campaign, wrapping up December 10th, began in New Jersey and unites individuals, organizations, activists and government leaders to take a stand against gender-based violence. In Canada, a woman is killed by her current or former intimate partner every 6 days.

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