By Ettie Rutherford B.Ed, Dip.Ed, M.ED
December 6th is the 25th official remembrance for the fourteen women who were killed twenty-five years ago at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.
Violence against women continues, not only in Canada, but on a global scale. I plead with you to join in bringing about the change that is needed to ensure the safety of all women and girls. Some of you have said to me, “I am just one person. What can I do?”
• Pass on this message as a reminder to others
• Talk to your MLA/MP about the laws which affect women’s safety
• Volunteer or donate at a women’s shelter
• Discuss with your sons and daughters about the sanctity of women’s bodies
• Stop thinking that this is a fight to be undertaken by those who are labelled as “feminists”
• Discreetly document the date and description of abuse if you are suspicious about injuries on friends or relatives
• Do not ask, “Why don’t you leave?” Instead ask, “How can I help?”
• Stop pretending that because you are safe, this problem is not your concern. What about your daughters at school, college, university, or in the workplace.
• Sexism does not discriminate.
Ettie Rutherford is the author of: Women Are Worthy: Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like An Eagle?