Frost Park vigil set for Dec. 6

Event marks Na­tional Day of Re­mem­brance and Ac­tion on Vi­o­lence Against Women

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It’s been nearly three decades since a mass shoot­ing that left 14 women dead and shocked a na­tion and yet the strug­gle to ad­dress vi­o­lence against women re­mains a tough one, says a spokesper­son for the Tri-County Women’s Cen­tre.

In part­ner­ship with the South West Labour Group, the women’s cen­tre is or­ga­niz­ing the an­nual vigil to be held Dec. 6 in Yar­mouth’s Frost Park to com­mem­o­rate the Na­tional Day of Re­mem­brance and Ac­tion on Vi­o­lence Against Women.

The date is the an­niver­sary of the 1989 mas­sacre at Mon­treal’s École Polytech­nique, where the 14 women who were killed were sin­gled out and mur­dered be­cause of their gen­der.

Lisanne Turner, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Tri-County Women’s Cen­tre, cites some sober­ing statis­tics to show how vi­o­lence against women re­mains a se­ri­ous is­sue.

“It is an up­hill bat­tle,” she said. “Six months into 2018, 78 women had been killed by acts of vi­o­lence in Canada.”

The Yar­mouth event on Dec. 6 will con­sist of a can­dle­light vigil in Frost Park. There will be a few words spo­ken and some songs sung, or­ga­niz­ers say. It is sched­uled for 5 p.m. (The storm lo­ca­tion is the Yar­mouth town hall.)

Turner was asked about the sig­nif­i­cance of the event and about the im­por­tance of hav­ing it each year.

“This re­mem­ber­ing is an op­por­tu­nity to mourn and hon­our the lives lost and hon­our those who have sur­vived, as well as in­form our ac­tion on vi­o­lence,” she said.

The day en­cour­ages peo­ple to take ac­tion in dif­fer­ent ways, she said.

“To lis­ten by be­ing open to learn­ing from the ex­pe­ri­ences of oth­ers, to be­lieve by sup­port­ing sur­vivors and those af­fected by vi­o­lence, to speak out by adding your voice to call out vi­o­lence, to in­ter­vene in a safe way when you see acts of vi­o­lence and to act by giv­ing your time to or­ga­ni­za­tions work­ing to end vi­o­lence.”

In their pro­mo­tion of the Dec. 6 vigil in Yar­mouth, or­ga­niz­ers in­vite peo­ple to join them to re­mem­ber the vic­tims of the Mon­treal mas­sacre and to think about “all women that face vi­o­lence ev­ery day. Let us work to­gether for the elim­i­na­tion of vi­o­lence against all of hu­man­ity.”

TINA COMEAU

An im­age from 2017 of the Dec. 6 can­dle­light vigil in Yar­mouth’s Frost Park, where an­other vigil will be held this year on the same date.

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