Video: Vigil for National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women 2013
Candles were lit and roses laid as a crowd of approximately 60 people bundled against the cold wind the morning of December 6 to mark the 24th National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Thornton Park, Vancouver. Ellen Woodsworth was joined by Audrey Rivers, Lucia Lorenzi, Jen Sung, Julia Ostertag, Kat Norris, and Joni Miller to reflect on the elements of violence still present in Canadian society and possible solutions.
The annual day of remembrance was established in 1991 by Parliament in response to the 1989 murders of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal by 25-year-old Marc Lepine. The motive for the murders was reported as gender-based with Lepine claiming he was fighting feminism.