Flags in Woodstock & South-West Oxford Lowered on December 6th
National Day of Remembrance and marking the 30th anniversary
Woodstock, ON - On December 6th, the flags at almost all Woodstock City and South-West
Oxford locations will be lowered to half-mast in recognition of and in support of
the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This December
6th, 2019, marks the 30th anniversary of the murders of 14 young female university
students at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989. They died because they were
On December 6th, 1989, Marc Lépine entered a mechanical engineering class at the
École Polytechnique in Montreal and separated male and female students. He instructed
the men to leave. He stated that he was "fighting feminism" and began shooting.
He shot at all nine women in the room, killing six. He then continued through the
school's corridors, randomly shooting women for the next 20 minutes. He blamed the
women for taking his place in the program.
The lowering of flags is part of the Zonta Says NO campaign in partnership with
Domestic Assault Review Team (DART) Oxford to draw attention not only to December
6th, but also to the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Zonta, DART,
City, and County's partnership is critical to building awareness and the prevention
of violence against women in our community.
"Our club and DART have been in partnership for six years building relationships
with county schools, hospitals, and community partners to raise awareness of gender-based
violence. I am thrilled the Woodstock City Council and the South-West Oxford Council
elected to join the campaign this year in recalling and acknowledging the significance
of December 6th. We must continue to be diligent in working together to educate
our community members of the violence that surrounds us." Sheena Poole, Zonta Says
NO Woodstock Campaign (Zonta) Co-chair.
In addition to the lowering of the flags during the 16 Days of Activism, local Scotiabanks,
CIBC banks, and the County and Crown's offices are all displaying small white trees
decorated with orange ribbons for the Zonta Says NO campaign. Hospitals and various
community organizations' staff will be wearing orange ribbons to bring additional
awareness to the international campaign.
International is a leading global organization of professionals committed
to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta's first club was
established in Buffalo, New York, in November 1919 and membership today stands at
approximately 29,000 Zontians in 63 countries. Zonta advocates through its General
Consultative Status with the United Nations and Participatory Status at the Council
of Europe. The Zonta International Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization
which supports an extensive international service program through the contributions
of Zonta members.