Memorial on steps of Vancouver Art Gallery symbolizes number of women killed in B.C.
Hundreds of pairs of shoes lined the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery Friday (December 6) to represent the number of women killed as a result of violence in B.C.
The shoes were part of an annual memorial on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, which marks the anniversary of the murder of 14 women in Montreal.
This is the 11th year the local memorial has taken place, according to organizer Pat Kelln.
“It’ s a way to not forget that women are still dying,” she said in an interview with the Straight. “We know of 898 women killed in this province over the last 20 years, and that’s only those that we know of.
“The shoes are because what does 100 mean, what does 300 mean? You don’t know. So the idea is to try to give a visual representation and try to be more impactful on the numbers.”
Kelln noted the shoes are donated to women in need following the memorial.
The organizer added that during the last four years, the event has prompted more people to ask what they can do to address violence.
“This is a societal problem, and it is only going to end when society says enough is enough, and that means each and every one of us individually need to do our part and say no,” she said. “It does not mean that you need to be a hero, you just need to no longer turn a blind eye to what’s happening around you.”
Other events held in Vancouver in recognition of the national day of action included a vigil at the women’s monument in Thornton Park, and a ceremony at the Granville and Georgia intersection.