To draw attention to the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, The Globe and Mail head-lined a story featuring a new Covid-19 trend in the escalation of deadly violence against women. Molly Hayes wrote, "The spike - with 92 women killed in the first six months of this year, an increase from 78 in the first half of 2020, and 60 in the first half of 2019 - corroborates a deadly trend that many anti-violence groups have warned about since the start of the pandemic" (p. A1).
Towards the end of her article, Hayes notes, by way of summarizing her conversations with domestic violence experts, that "in addition to focusing on issues such as accessible child care and employment stimulation to help women return to the work force,... there must also be a recognition that women will continue to face violence" (p. A12).
Keeping this reality in mind, our guide remembers the women who were gunned down at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6th, 1989. It is a Canadian tragedy whose effects reverberate decades later.
Violence against women and girls is seen and recognized as a global phenomenon. The spike in domestic violence coinciding with the pandemic has been described by the United Nations as The Shadow Pandemic.
Boriero, M. (2022, October 4). Organizations, groups raise concerns following recent string of femicides in Quebec. The Record, A3.
Hayes, M. (2021, November, 25). Femicides are on the rise, inflamed by the pandemic, data shows. The Globe and Mail, A1 & A12.