Every year it breaks my heart to watch as 14 roses pile up in remembrance of the horror of December 6, 1989.
In the face of such an atrocity one can only hope that lessons will be learned. Unfortunately, it seems that few have paid attention.
Women are still being killed simply for being women, for asserting their rights, or simply for being there. Women’s shelters are still full and daily women face abuses and the possibility of death.
It is often difficult, especially in light of such tragedies, to make those privileged enough not to have to deal with the daily issues see how ‘small’ things contribute to the larger picture.
When you allow words as weapons (calling women cunts, throw like a girl, etc), when you excuse sexist behaviour, when you smear an MP because she calls someone on an act that would not be allowed in any other workplace, when commercials that talk about how “boys are just built different” no icky girls allowed, when these things passed unremarked the message that girls are somehow ‘less than’ is ingrained.
The women cut down in the act of terror committed that day deserve better.
Lest we forget