Wednesday, 6 December 2017

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Today marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 female engineering students at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. Horrific act -- committed by a deranged man.

In an opinion piece in The Conversation Yasmin Jiwani, Professor of Communication Studies, Concordia University, points out that it's not just one event, violence against women continues to take a toll, a woman is killed every six days by her intimate partner.

Repulsive as the behaviour of some powerful men, like Weinstein, Moore, Trump and others is, it in no way justifies demonizing men as a whole.

Another opinion piece in the same issue of The Conversation by Alan Sears, Professor of Education, University of New Brunswick, quotes Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago:

“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

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