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.