Not so Silent Vigil Dec. 6 in New Glas­gow

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY -

A Not so Silent Vigil will be held in Pic­tou County on Dec. 6, mark­ing the Na­tional Day of Re­mem­brance and Ac­tion on Vi­o­lence against Women.

On Dec 6, 1989, 13 fe­male stu­dents and a fe­male ad­min­is­tra­tor at l’École Polytech­nique de Mon­tréal were mur­dered be­cause they were women. Their deaths led Par­lia­ment to des­ig­nate Dec. 6 as The Na­tional Day of Re­mem­brance and Ac­tion on Vi­o­lence against Women. It is a time to hon­our the 14 young women whose lives were taken on that fate­ful day as well as a time to re­flect and take ac­tion on elim­i­nat­ing gen­der-based vi­o­lence.

Modelled af­ter the “Not so Silent, Silent Vigil” held in Hal­i­fax each year, lo­cal ac­tivists recre­ated the event and brought it to Pic­tou County. The very first “Not so Silent Vigil” was held on Dec. 6, 2017, and was a huge success. It helped to bring aware­ness in the com­mu­nity about the re­al­i­ties of vi­o­lence against women and girls, or­ga­niz­ers said.

“Af­ter at­tend­ing the ‘Not so Silent, Silent Vigil’ in Hal­i­fax I was in­spired,” says vigil co-or­di­na­tor Donna MacGre­gor. “With so many tal­ented women in Pic­tou County I thought that an event like this would be a per­fect fit. I re­ally wanted to keep the grass­roots vibe of the Hal­i­fax vigil while at the same time be­ing con­scious of the fact that many women live in poverty and of­ten don’t have ac­cess to trans­porta­tion. I wanted our vigil to be ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one, re­gard­less of their in­come.”

With sup­port from the Pic­tou County Women’s Re­source & Sex­ual As­sault Cen­tre, this year’s “Not so Silent Vigil” will be held at 135 Provost St., New Glas­gow (for­merly Lolly’s), from 6 to 8 p.m.

The evening will fea­ture mu­si­cal, lit­er­ary and dra­matic per­for­mances by tal­ented women in Pic­tou County. The per­for­mances speak to the epi­demic of vi­o­lence against women and girls, as well as cel­e­brat­ing women in their many roles as moth­ers, daugh­ters, sis­ters, grand­moth­ers and friends.

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