November 25 is known as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. In Quebec, the period between November 25 and the December 6 anniversary of the Polytechnique massacre, when 14 women were murdered at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, is known as the 12 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women.
This year, the 12 Days committee in the Haut-Saint-Laurent has launched a series of visual reminders to call attention to the white ribbon, which is associated with the campaign to oppose all forms of violence against women.
Artist Line Desrochers has painted giant white ribbons in the windows of participating area businesses and organizations. The ribbons are surrounded by messages written by Valley women to the survivors of domestic violence.
Locals can view the window art on the front-facing panes of the Huntingdon Association for the Defense of Social Rights (ADDS) and Leblanc Patates in Huntingdon, as well as Un Coin de Chez Nous in Saint-Chrysostome, the Sûreté du Québec station in Ormstown, and the Marché du Vieux Bois in Hinchinbrooke, until December 6.
Along with the window campaign, the local 12 Days committee will be holding a forum on December 6 where participants can learn about protecting the victims of domestic violence. The event, which takes place at the Centre culturel Berberivain in Sainte-Barbe, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is open to the public.
The 12 Days committee in the Haut-Saint-Laurent includes representatives from Résidence Elle, Calacs la Vigie, Espace Suroît, and ADDS. Committee members will be handing out white ribbons throughout the region on December 6, and will be inviting people to write messages in solidarity or in memory of survivors of domestic violence.
White ribbons are also available at the municipality of Ormstown, the Marché du Vieux Bois in Hinchinbrooke, or by calling Sonai at 450-264-2999, ext. 230. (SR)