A reality check over gender inequality Although strides have been made with regards to equality between genders, they're not as vast as one might think, said Trish Archibald, Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association Status of Women committee member.
On Dec. 6, 1989, Marc Lpine killed 14 women at L'cole Polytechnique de Montral because he felt they didn't belong in the engineering program. Only five per cent of women were engineers then. Today that figure has doubled to a mere 10 per cent. Inequality and violence against women are intertwined since each is a means of control, Archibald told a crowd gathered at TRU to remember the mass murder on Thursday. "There are many forms of violence against women in this country," she said. "Domestic, fear of walking alone at night, Internet violence, bullying, spoken words, not being promoted, blaming the person for not ray ban carbon trying, ray ban 2143 or blaming the choices women make such as putting children and families before careers." And she despairs over certain predictions indicating 50 to 100 years will go by before society is equal. ray ban sunglasses aviator "It is a long road ahead," she said. "We have the knowledge and the understanding. Why 50 more years before we reach equality and eliminate violence?" Of the 40 or so men and women gathered at TRU on Thursday, very few were alive when the Montreal massacre occurred in 1989. But they still felt a connection to the incident and the need to continue the fight against violence towards women. TRU student union president Dustin McIntyre was among perhaps a dozen young men who attended the gathering. He believes the more recognition the issue of gender based violence gets, the better it is for all society. "People are more aware of it than ever before," said McIntyre. "If you read the Twittersphere, there's athletes (NHL player) Ryan Kesler today talking about it. And (men) need to talk about it more often without a woman prompting ray ban b the discussion." For 19 year old Caitlyn Morris, who took part in the ceremonial placing of a rose on one of 14 empty chairs, the Montreal massacre is not that far removed from today's reality. "For me as a woman, it hits home in a lot ways," she said.
"The world is obviously not a bright and sunshiny place." Kenna Sim, also 19, is member of the TRUSU Women's Collective, which helped organize the event. "For us it has a big impact and it's very emotional because women were killed because they were in higher education and we're in higher education right now," she said.
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