Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 04, 2009 08:27 ET

Message From Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General, on National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2009) -



Genevieve Bergeron

Helene Colgan

Nathalie Croteau

Barbara Daigneault

Anne-Marie Edward

Maud Haviernick

Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz

Maryse Laganiere

Maryse Leclair

Anne-Marie Lemay

Sonia Pelletier

Michele Richard

Annie St-Arneault

Annie Turcotte


These names of the 14 students murdered at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal on that fateful day, December 6, 1989, still speak to us, reminding us among other things of a fundamental and decisive issue for humanity's future: gender parity.

We must remain vigilant against all forms of misogyny, against intimidation and exploitation in the form of barriers to the advancement of women's equality. Against the brutality of intransigence that allows schoolgirls to be attacked with acid. Against all attacks on the physical and psychological integrity of girls and women.

May this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women be an occasion for all of us to reflect on the sanctity of respect for others, in absolute equality.

Michaelle Jean


National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women is on December 6, 2009.

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