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21st Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre

Today, December 6th, marks the 21st anniversary of the Montreal Massacre that sparked the original White Ribbon Campaign. The White Ribbon Campaign was created by a handful of Canadian men in 1991 on the second anniversary of this one man's massacre of fourteen women in Montreal. They began the campaign to urge men to speak out against violence against women. Today, the WRC is now a worldwide campaign in over 55 countries that has collected well over 5 million signatures and growing.

In Canada, this day is observed as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Ending Violence Against Women. I encourage everyone involved with WRD 2011 in Massachusetts to take a few moments of remembrance on this day as well.

At this time I also want to acknowledge that we’re on Day 12 of the 16 Days of Activism, a global campaign to end violence against women. The 16 Days began on November 25, the UN Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women. The last day will be December 10, the International Day for Human Rights.

November 25 was also White Ribbon Day 2010 in Australia – for information or inspiration from this White Ribbon Day Campaign you can visit its website: http://www.whiteribbonday.org.au/. If you’d like to get involved in the 16 Days campaign or just want to learn more, this website has all the information you need.

I wish everyone a good and safe holiday season.