Gender Based Violence: An Eyeopening Debacle

Over the course of 16 days, every year, November 25th through December 10th is a 16 day period in which we raise awareness for gender-based violence.

On December 6th, 1989, a devastating attack was inflicted on the women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. This shooting was a horrible hate crime against women, in which 14 women were murdered, 10 women were injured as well as 4 men. 

Every year in December, on the 6th day of the month, we honour the fourteen women who lost their lives for such a horrible reason.

Geneviève Bergeron

Hélène Colgan

Nathalie Croteau 

Barbara Daigneault 

Anne-Marie Edward

Maud Haviernick 

Maryse Laganière 

Maryse Leclair 

Anne-Marie Lemay

Sonia Pelletier 

Michèle Richard 

Annie St-Arnault

Annie Turcotte

Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz


Gender-based violence is not a unique situation, this is much like a global pandemic, it affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime.


We believe that the lack of attention brought to this situation is costing future generations a lack of understanding. Children that grow up with this violence surrounding them may grow up to become survivors of violence, or the person possibly inflicting violence if they believe it to be ‘normal’. There are no limits or boundaries set in place to prevent such violence and cruelty against women. Decreasing the presence of violence may not be an easy task, but it requires a global team effort, and you are capable of sparking change wherever it may be. If you see or know someone who is a victim of violence, reach out and offer help. 

You are not alone, and you should never feel alone. Feel free to consult the resources linked below in a time of need, and remember that help is always available.

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800-363-9010 | In case of emergency call 911