Women Won't Forget
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If this applies to you, please describe your involvement in women's memorial making/violence prevention?
The aim of Women Won’t Forget is to heighten awareness of the continuing and pervasive extent of abuse against women in our society and to encourage and support efforts to end it. Since 1989, we have met to tell the stories of those women who can no longer speak for themselves. Our permanent memorial consists of 14 red oak trees, a granite boulder and a memorial plaque.

Every year at 6 PM on December 6th, people gather at the memorial boulder in Philosopher's Walk to mourn the 14 women murdered because of their gender at l'Ecole Polytechnique in 1989. We vow not to forget these women and all women who live with violence, who have died due to violence, and those who have survived. Join Women Won't Forget as we remember and tell the stories of those women who can no longer speak for themselves. It is the job of those of us who go on living to speak for them and to change the world we live in.
If this applies to you, what is the name of your group or project or memorial? (Or is it now ROSE?)
Women Won't Forget
If applicable, how long have you been involved in women's memorial making/violence prevention?
What changes for women would you like to see happen?
Each year we see 30 - 40 women die in Ontario as a result of male violence. This number has not changed since we started doing the memorial after the Montreal Massacre. We need to see the media accept that this is still a prominent issue, especially recognize that the over 500 missing Native women have not been found or their cases investigated.
Women around the world need to be honoured and respected.

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