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women gathered at Memorial of HopeA vigil Friday at the Memorial of Hope will honour the 14 women killed in the 1989 École Polytéchnique massacre.

Vigil to honour slain women

The Womxn's Centre will host a vigil Friday in honour of the 14 women who were killed in the 1989 École Polytéchnique massacre.

On Dec. 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, representatives from the Womxn’s Centre and the university’s Women in Engineering club will gather at 11 a.m. for a rose ceremony at the Memorial of Hope between Dillon and Essex halls.

Presentations will follow at noon in the Katzman Lounge, Vanier Hall. Speakers include Frankie Cachon, a UWindsor professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department; Anita Prskalo, a counselor at Hiatus House and survivor of abuse; and Priscilla Williams, a UWindsor engineering graduate.

“This event has always been an important one for the University of Windsor community,” said Micaela Nimmo, co-ordinator of the Womxn’s Centre. “By remembering the victims of this tragedy, and all those affected by gendered violence, we can continue bringing visibility to the abuse that many women face daily.”

Lori Dupont, a Windsor nurse who was murdered at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in 2005, will also be honoured during the ceremony.

In 1991, the Parliament of Canada created the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in response to the massacre of the women — most of whom were engineering students — at École Polytechnique de Montréal.