A silent walk to hon­our vic­tims of gen­der­based vi­o­lence

Sherbrooke Record - - FRONT PAGE - By Em­i­lie Hack­ett Spe­cial to the Record By Jessie Pel­letier Aulis

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.

COREY BELLAM

Jessie Pel­letier Aulis (Club Coun­try), Ge­orge Canyon, François Gil­bert (Fire­house), Scott Pass­more (Fire­house).

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