A silent walk to honour victims of genderbased violence
There will be a silent walk to denounce violence against women on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Marché de la Gare in Sherbrooke.
Organised by l’escale de l’estrie, a shelter for women and children affected by domestic violence, the event is a first for the organization. “We organize several awareness-raising campaigns, but we wanted to put forward an event that really focuses in honouring victims of gender-based violence,” explained an employee at l’escale.
The walk is being held in honour of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (NDRAVAW), established in memory of the 13 female students and a female administrator who were murdered at l’école Polytechnique de Montréal on Dec. 6, 1989, because they were women.
Lanterns will be distributed to participants who will silently march around the Lac des Nations walkway. The event aims to pay respect to all women victims of violence. According to Quebec’s 2009 Enquête Sociale Générale, women constitute 81 per cent of domestic violence victims and 83 per cent of sexual assault victims.
Women are also more likely to die at the hands of their current or ex romantic partners, their family, and their friends. In 2017, around 87,000 women around the world were murdered. Of those, 58 per cent were killed by intimate partners or family members.
Flags will be flying at half-mast at the Sherbrooke City Hall, to mark the NDRAVAW, in commemoration of the 29th anniversary of the École Polytechnique de Montréal shooting.
L’escale de l’estrie aims to host and help women and children affected by domestic violence. If you or a loved one believe to be affected by domestic violence, please contact them on their 24/7 phone line: 819 569-3611.
Tuesday night was more than just a country music concert at Centennial Theatre. The event, organized by Firehouse Productions, was an opportunity to hear Canadian Country music icon George canyon, and also support the local food bank leading up to the holiday season.
In collaboration with Club Country (CFLX-FM 95.5), Firehouse asked concertgoers to bring non-perishable food items to help those less fortunate.
The response from the public was impressive.
Considering that there are so many different initiatives at this time of year, the turn out was substantial, organizers said.
In addition to several bins of non-perishables, $105.60 in cash was collected at the concert, all of which will be donated to the Cornerstone Food Bank.
According to organizers and concert attendees, Canyon delivered a commanding performance, as did the local community through its generous contributions to the food drive.
Jessie Pelletier Aulis (Club Country), George Canyon, François Gilbert (Firehouse), Scott Passmore (Firehouse).