Today, December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. December 6th 1989 Fourteen women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal were killed specifically because of their gender. The majority were engineering students aged in their early twenties with future aspirations and plans to live full lives. Their killer, 25-year-old Marc Lepine, suffered from mental health issues and blamed feminists for the difficulties he had faced in his life.
In 1991 a handful of men in Toronto decided they had a responsibility to urge other men to speak out about abuse. They wore white ribbons as a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
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