On December 6, 1989, a misogynist murderer called Marc Lépine walked into École Polytechnique in Montreal, Canada and shot 28 women, killing 14 of them. He hated women. He separated the men from the women and before opening fire on the classroom of female engineering students he screamed, “I hate feminists.”
Status of Women Canada is a federal government organization that promotes equality for women and their full participation in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada. It says:
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.
As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
Twenty three years ago a woman-hater killed 14 women and injured 10 other women in Canada.
And in many parts of the world a large number of woman-haters still harass , exploit, torture, rape and kill hundreds of women everyday. Women get abused physically, mentally, emotionally everyday. Misogyny is the reality we still face everyday. Today’s Marc Lépines do not kill themselves after killing women. They are not afraid of anything. They organize themselves to spread lies against women. They are Men’s Rights Activists, religionists, traditionalists. Today’s women-haters get sympathy, solidarity and support from society. Today’s Marc Lépines do not shoot women like 89’s Marc Lépine, but they indoctrinate men and women to make women-hating patriarchal system much stronger than before. Today’s Marc Lépines are much bigger haters, they are more influential, more powerful and more dangerous than Canada’s lone Marc Lépine.
Every day should be the day to eliminate all forms of violence against women. Violence against women will never end if we all do not want to end it.