Submitted by the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter
Support and celebrate women with the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society during an afternoon of creative sharing and discussion at Dose Coffee this Wednesday, December 6.
White Ribbon Day is a movement that acknowledges missing and murdered indigenous women and remembers those killed in a horrific massacre at the École Polytechnique University in Montreal in 1989.
The community in Revelstoke will gather from 2–4p.m. to share relevant music and stories. Moving Forward coordinator Sanja Radovic organised the event and notes the current issues today that make this day relevant. They include the ongoing controversial discourse of President Donald Trump, multiple sexual assault allegations against powerful Hollywood personality Harvey Weinstein, and the MeToo hashtag.
“MeToo united women and men through social media, inviting the global community to share their own experiences and get involved in a powerful movement against the well-established, deeply rooted behaviours that affect the vulnerable in their core, ” Radovic said.
“I would love to embed this optimism and solidarity into the event, to show vulnerable individuals that they are not alone and that this community stands behind them and wants them to be safe.”
The birth of White Ribbon Day came after the terrible event in 1989 when a student massacred 14 of his fellow female students, and a male janitor. His actions traumatised a nation and brought the issue of violence against women to the forefront. The dead were bright students in engineering whose greatness we will never know. They had full lives, including 21-year-old Anne-Marie Edward who loved skiing so much she was buried in her ski team’s jacket.
In response to the tragedy, a group of men in Toronto came together to stop men’s violence against women. In 1991 they initiated the male-led movement known as White Ribbon.
Meanwhile today, Canadian indigenous women are statistically more likely to be affected by all forms of violence. They are over-represented among female Canadian homicide victims and are also more likely to go missing.
“We want to acknowledge the ways in which women have suffered violence due to their gender and perceived vulnerability,” Radovic said.
Along with the event at Dose, the shelter will also hold an information booth for Revelstoke Secondary School students at lunch.