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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 women.

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.

Zonta 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.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 05 December 2019 11:03:50 AM EST

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