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Dec. 3, 2015

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Two Laurier groups will be hosting events on Friday, Dec. 4 at the university’s Brantford and Waterloo campuses in recognition of Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, which commemorates the 14 women killed at École Polytechnique in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989.

“Events like these serve to raise awareness of gender-based violence in Canada and around the world, but also to remind our communities that we can take action, create genuine change, and stand in solidarity against violence,” said Vanessa Oliver, assistant professor in Laurier’s Youth and Children’s Studies program, and coordinator of the Dec. 4 event at the Brantford campus.

Laurier Brantford’s Collective for Feminist Action and Research (CFAR) will host the Women We Love event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Research Academic Centre West. Members of the Laurier community are invited to write messages of strength, solidarity, support, and inspiration on a large chalkboard wall about the women in their lives. A handout about the École Polytechnique massacre will be available at the event.

Not My Laurier: Golden Hawks Combatting Gendered Violence will host Let It Out: A Night of Expression from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Hawk’s Nest, located on the third floor of the Fred Nichols Campus Centre at the Waterloo campus. The event, held in partnership with the Centre for Women and Trans People, and the Laurier Student Public Interest Research Group, will feature visual and performance art related to gendered violence and discrimination. Food and refreshments will be provided.

“An extremely important part of our work to prevent violence against women is to create a culture in which women are recognized and honoured for their strength, their intelligence, their resilience, and their contributions to society,” said Rebecca Godderis, Gendered Violence Task Force faculty colleague, and member of CFAR.

More information about the event in Brantford can be found on CFAR's blog while details about the event in Waterloo can be found on Not My Laurier's Facebook page.

Laurier is committed to providing comprehensive educational and training opportunities to students, staff, and faculty related to gendered violence. For more information or to get involved, please contact the Diversity and Equity Office.


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