The December 6, 1989 Montreal Massacre of 14 women shook Canada to its core. Every year the Carleton community commemorates the anniversary of the massacre – known as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, or White Ribbon Day – through various initiatives and activities. This year we are asking members of our community – students, faculty and staff, alumni, friends and partners to participate in a moment of silence to commemorate the women who were killed and make a public pledge to take action against gender-based violence.
The massacre sparked a renewed effort to promote womxn in engineering and technology throughout their journey. Some meaningful ways to take action against gender-based violence includes the following:
- Listen to womxns’ stories to understand their experiences.
- Empower womxn to sit and actively contribute to the conversation at the table.
- Research ways to learn how you may have benefited from the system in place that has caused harm to womxn and how to change the systems.
- Speak up to address microaggressions and be aware of what unconscious biases exist.
As a way to hold ourselves accountable to these actions, we encourage you to share this statement on your personal social media platforms and make the public pledge to support the womxn in your lives – from the classroom to the boardroom to home. Remember who we are doing this for.