York hosts event to mark National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) will host the annual National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women on Friday, Dec. 4, from 11:30am to 12:45pm in the Senate Chamber (N940 Ross Building).

Day of remembranceThis year marks the 26th anniversary of the Montreal massacre where 14 female students at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal were killed for being women/feminists.

The York University community will come together to remember the lives lost to gender-based violence.

This anniversary has particular significance given the recent death threats against feminist professors and students at the University of Toronto. As such, the focus of this event is violence against women on campus.

Organizers of the event will highlight the voices of students who are actively working to eradicate campus violence.

Philip Cote, an aboriginal elder, will deliver the opening ceremony and Janet Morrison, vice-provost students, will address the crowd. Chenthoori Malankov, vice-president campaigns and advocacy at York Federation of Students (YFS), will deliver the keynote address.

Guest performers at the day of remembrance are Maria Opoka, Setareh Shimi and Mercy Yulien.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to receive a commemorative candle (limited quantities), and hot chocolate will be available for all.

In keeping with York’s ongoing efforts, this event will provide an opportunity to renew the University’s commitment to eradicating violence against all women.

For more information, contact Krista Hunt at krishunt@yorku.ca.