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Remembering the Polytechnique Tragedy

Somber anniversary. On December 6, 1989, 31 years ago, fourteen young women studying to become engineers were murdered because they were women. One still shudders in the face of so much cold and murderous rage.

Violence against women remains a constant cause for concern, as the numbers are stubbornly high even though so many acts go unreported.

We cannot lower our guard, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic, where domestic violence has exploded so much so that UN-Women has coined the term Shadow Pandemic.

We must remain mobilized, vigilant and in solidarity with women who are victims of discrimination, harassment and violence at work or at home. This is especially crucial at this time, when home and the workplace are merging, and when so many women working from home cannot escape their abuser.

In solidarity.

 

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