Today we take pause to reflect on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, acknowledged on December 6th each year to commemorate the tragedy that occurred at l’École Polytechnique on this day in 1989.
Fourteen female engineering students were senselessly gunned down and murdered in a horrible act of gender-based violence. Today is the day to reflect on violence against women and girls and to show solidarity with those who have been victimized by it. Unfortunately, although we have made great strides in the fight for equality; harassment, violence, sexism, and discrimination is still an all too common occurrence throughout the life of a female. It is important that we continue to bring awareness to this very important issue and help break down barriers to treatment and support for victims.
We ask that our brothers and sisters show solidarity with the victims of gender based violence by adopting the twibbon created by our local’s Women of Steel Committee on social media. We also ask that members attend the many candlelight vigils occurring in communities across the country.
For more information on what you can do to help end violence against women and girls you can check these websites here and here and also participate in the 16 Days of Action and Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
The Telecommunications Workers Union, United Steelworkers National Local 1944