Memorial University’s Engineering building was the location last night of a vigil to remember the 14 women who lost their lives in the Montreal Massacre 29 years ago.
December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It coincides with the anniversary of the 1989 Montreal Massacre when 14 young women were killed at l’Ecole Polytechnique because of their gender.
The names of all 14 victims were lost were read aloud during the ceremony, followed by a moment of silence.
A candlelight procession is underway @MemorialU for the vigil for the anniversary of the 1989 Montreal Massacre, when 14 women we killed at l’Ècole Polytechnique because of their gender. @VOCMNEWS pic.twitter.com/H44CeBNUiN
— Ben Murphy (@BenMurphyVOCM) December 6, 2018
The minister responsible for the Status of Women, Carol Anne Haley, says being killed because you’re a woman is chilling. She says it is a horrific reminder of the devastating effects of violence against women, and the struggle that many face in our communities, every single day.
The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University, Dr. Greg Naterer, says there has been progress made to get more women into the field but there is still work to be done.
He says recently the Globe and Mail reported that for a fourth year in a row, Memorial Engineering had the highest percentage of female undergraduate students in Canada with 27 per cent.