If you happened to have been out on the evening of Sunday, December 6 and saw our landmarks dressed in red, there was an important meaning behind the colour change.
Calgary’s landmarks lit up in red in memory of gender violence victims.
On December 6, 1989, 26 years ago, 14 women were killed at École Polytechnique in Montreal for simply being women. This day has since been declared, by the Parliment of Canada, to be the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
The Calgary YWCA lit up Calgary in red, in association with the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and ATB Financial, according to the Calgary Sun. Lighting up the city’s landmarks in red on December 6 was meant as a beacon of hope to continue the spread of awareness and encourage everyone to speak out against gender-based violence.
Calgary YWCA CEO Sue Tomney told the Calgary Sun that the violence against women is “staggering” and that they wanted to make Calgarians aware of it.
“Stories we hear from the vulnerable women we work with every day about brutal attacks and assaults are astounding. The life and death aspect of this makes it even more important to speak out against violence,” she said.
Help remove the shadow that covers violence against women by shedding light on this important issue.
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