FREDERICTON (GNB) – Today marks the 31st anniversary of the massacre of 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. In lieu of an in-person event this year, a virtual vigil to commemorate these women is available online.

“Each one of us has a role to play in creating communities where violence against women is not tolerated and where women have the right to choose how they live their lives without fear of violence and harm,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace, who is also the minister responsible for women’s equality. “It is important to remember all women impacted by violence, whether it happens at home, at work, at school or other places we live our lives. Please join me in speaking out.”

In the virtual vigil, candles were lit in memory of the 14 young women who were killed while studying at the engineering institution. A 15th candle was lit in memory of all women who have died due to domestic and intimate partner violence.

“The struggle for gender equality is not over,” said Scott-Wallace. “Women around the world still face tremendous challenges in their lives. By remembering these victims, women everywhere can strengthen their resolve to stand strong in the face of violence and pursue their dreams.”