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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Candlelight Vigil Marks Annual Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Orillia | by Matt Sitler  

The vigil pays tribute to the 14 women who were murdered at École Polytechnique de Montréal, as well as every woman in Ontario whose life has been harmed or lost to gender-based violence.

A candlelight vigil's being held at OPP Headquarters in Orillia tomorrow morning (Dec 6) to mark the annual National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

It takes place between 9 and 11am.

The vigil pays tribute to the 14 women who were murdered at École Polytechnique de Montréal, as well as every woman in Ontario whose life has been harmed or lost to gender-based violence.

This year's event attendees will hear from the Georgian College ManUp team and the OPP's Victim Centred Approach.

ManUp started in 2015 at Longfields-Davidson High School by a group of young men who wanted to make a difference in how women in their communities are treated.

The OPP has partnered with the Georgian College ManUp team to launch a pilot program at the post-secondary level that's meant to redefine what it means to "be a man" - from a toxic tough guy definition to one of standing up for what is right regardless of the situation.

One of tomorrow's speakers will be the OPP's Victim Support Strategy Lead Deputy Director Maria McDonald, who will discuss how gender-based violence, by its very nature, breaches fundamental human rights and other aspects of the issues.

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