December 6th is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Montreal massacre.
On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 students were gunned down at École Polytechnique just because they were women. This happened only days after the first female leader of a federal party had been elected. What a contrast. I remember that fateful day clearly: I was full of disbelief that hate of a gender could provoke such a horrific event. Has anything changed in all that time?
As the member of Ottawa Council tasked with accountability in the development of our Women and Gender Equity Strategy, I am committed to ensuring that we address barriers to full gender equity in our local government and community.