On December 6, 1989, a male student entered an engineering class at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, Canada and proceeded to shoot 28 people, killing 14 women. He claimed he was “fighting feminism” and specifically targeted female students. In the wake of the attack at the Ecole Polytechnique, a group called the White Ribbon Campaign developed, which has turned into an international men's organization reaching over 60 countries advocating for and promoting gender equity and the end of violence against women and girls. The mission of the organization states:
“We work to examine the root causes of gender-based violence and create a cultural shift that helps bring us to a future without violence. Our vision is for a masculinity that embodies the best qualities of being human. We believe that men are part of the solution and part of a future that is safe and equitable for all people. Through education, awareness-raising, outreach, technical assistance, capacity building, partnerships and creative campaigns, White Ribbon is helping create tools, strategies and models that challenge negative, outdated concepts of manhood and inspire men to understand and embrace the incredible potential they have to be a part of positive change” - http://www.whiteribbon.ca/who-we-are/
The Research Center on Violence at WVU, which upholds these ideals among others, is bringing the White Ribbon Campaign to WVU. The Center sponsored event will be held on December 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Gluck Theater in Mountainlair. We invite anyone that would like to attend to join us on December 6th to understand the importance of this movement and to show your support and solidarity for ending gender based violence.
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