On December 6, 2016, the Research Center on Violence will again bring the White Ribbon Campaign to WVU. Why December 6? On that day in1989, 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and creative campaigns, White Ribbon is helping create tools, strategies and models that challenge negative, outdated concepts of manhood and inspire men to understand and embrace the incredible potential they have to be a part of positive change” - The White Ribbon Campaign
The Research Center on Violence at WVU upholds these ideals, among others, and is dedicated to reducing gender violence in collaboration with a variety of progressive organizations, such as the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC) and FRIS.
Please spread the word and be a part of this event. We will hold a memorial for the 14 women, show the riveting film Polytechnique, and then have a call to men. I hope to see you there. Bring anyone you want.