OTTAWA, Dec. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - On the twenty-fourth anniversary of the
Montreal Massacre, students remember and continue to challenge sexism
and misogyny on campuses across Canada.
"On December 6, we mark the day that fourteen women were murdered on
their campus simply because they were women," said Jessica McCormick,
National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "A full
generation later, violence and discrimination against women continues
in our communities, including on college and university campuses."
Violence against women is the most widespread and persistent human
rights violation in the world. In Canada more than 50% of women will
experience violence at some point in their lives, most before the age
of 25. In a given year, more than one of every ten Canadian women
suffer physical abuse at the hands of their partners and 25% of women
undergraduate students experience some form of sexual assault.
"From higher rates of sexual assault, to lower enrolment in
traditionally male-dominated programs, to orientation chants promoting
rape, the issue of systemic discrimination faced by women college and
university is just as relevant today as it was twenty-four years ago,"
Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, December 6 is the
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This
day marks the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique murders.
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organisation, uniting more than one-half million students in all ten
provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor
organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Jessica McCormick, National Chairperson, (613) 232-7394