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White Ribbon Day at UWaterloo

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Julie Nguyen
Communications Assistant
Tue, 12/04/2018 - 14:30

On December 6, students, faculty and staff of the University of Waterloo will come together to remember the lives of the 14 women whose lives were taken from them 29 years ago by an act of gender-based violence.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, sometimes referred to as White Ribbon Day, is observed in Canada on the anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique Massacre, in which 14 women were brutally shot and 10 other women were injured because of their gender.

On this day, UWaterloo will be holding a moment of silence [external link] for members of the community to observe, reflect, and discuss the pursuit of justice and equity for all.

This moment of remembrance which will take place in Engineering 7 as part of #16daysUW [external link], a series of ongoing and one-time events that focus on activism against gender-based violence. On November 27, the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre and Professor Sorouja Moll commenced the Red Ribbon Bridge Installation [external link]. This annual art installation gives the UWaterloo community an opportunity to mark and tie a red cloth with the name of one of the 4,000+ missing and murdered Indigenous women on the bridge between EV3 and St. Paul’s University College. The ribbons will hang on the bridge for 16 days.

Other initiatives include the Red Scarf Campaign [external link], an “awareness-raising and stigma-busting” initiative that supports people in the Waterloo Region who are living with HIV, which disproportionately affects people who are marginalized by oppression and violence, particularly gender-based violence. Additionally, RAISE, the UW Women’s Centre, and The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity co-facilitated a panel in which Leon Tsai, the External Coordinator of UTSC’s Women’s and Trans Centre, and student activists brought light to the violence trans people of colour often experience.