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Memorial of Hope sculpture between Essex and Dillon hallsA vigil Thursday at the Memorial of Hope will mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Event to observe National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

The University of Windsor’s Women in Engineering (WiE) Club and Womxn’s Centre will host a vigil in honour of the 14 women who were killed in the 1989 L’Ecole Polytéchnique massacre and a local nurse who was the victim of workplace violence.

On Thursday, Dec. 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, people will gather at 6 p.m. for a candlelight vigil at the Memorial of Hope, located between Dillon and Essex halls.

Fourteen female UWindsor engineering students will read a statement about each of the victims before placing a rose on the monument; the event will also honour Lori Dupont, a Windsor nurse who was murdered at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in 2005. 

“We are doing this to remember the victims of this tragedy, as well as all women who are victims of violence,” said Micaela Nimmo, co-ordinator of the Womxn’s Centre.

A presentation will follow at 6:30 p.m. at the Hum Café in the CAW Student Centre. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend.

In 1991, the Parliament of Canada designated Dec. 6 the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in response to the massacre of the women — most of them engineering students — at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.

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