December 6, 2009: Remembering 2 decades of violence against women

Tonight I attended the 20th annual vigil held by Women Won't Forget at Philosopher's Walk on University of Toronto campus. The vigil remembers 14 women who were killed 20 years ago today, simply for being women, and calls attention to all those have suffered under all forms of female oppression & patriarchy.

20 years ago, one man took these women's lives, but he acted out an age old drama of patriarchal oppression, a violence based on sexual dichotomy and rendered "natural" by brute force (explicit or otherwise). It saddens me to realize that there is even more violence to remember today, and the need is as urgent as ever for feminist activists to speak up, act out, and organize to stop violence against women in our families & communities.