Andrea Bellamy |

Today is December 6. It’s been 17 years since a single gunman entered a classroom at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, separated the men from the women, and opened fire. Fourteen women died simply because of their gender. In Canada, we remember this as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

And when the murder of five Amish school girls just two months ago first made news, I had flashbacks to December 6, 1989. It was probably the first time I’d really felt afraid just because I was a girl. I had nightmares about it happening at my school.

So I’ll be taking a moment today to remember these young women, and the countless other female victims of violence worldwide. Please join me.

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