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Vigil to remember victims of L'Ecole Polytéchnique massacre

The UWindsor campus will host two events in the next week to honour the 14 women killed in the 1989 massacre at l’École Polytéchnique de Montréal.

On Friday, December 2, representatives from the engineering faculty and the Women in Engineering Club will discuss gender equality in engineering and share personal experiences before screening the film Polytéchnique at 6 p.m. in room 1101, Centre for Engineering Innovation.

On Tuesday, December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the Womyn’s Centre and the Women in Engineering Club will gather at 5:30 p.m. for a candlelight vigil at the Memorial of Hope, between Dillon and Essex halls.

“Our intention is to uphold the University of Windsor tradition of not only recognizing the significance of the loss of these women, but also to educate the community on the pervasiveness of violence against women in our society,” said Amelia Runchey, public relations coordinator for the Womyn’s Centre.

A reception will follow at approximately 6 p.m. in the Ambassador Auditorium, CAW Student Centre. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to attend both events.

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 l’École Polytéchnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989.

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