Ken Neumann’s Statement for December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Harvey Weinstein was the first revelation. Now the news and social media are full of reports of powerful men sexually harassing women who just want to work. It’s shocking to see what has passed for “normal”, because of fear on the one hand, and apathy or self-interest on the other.

Sexual harassment grows from a poisoned root: the undervaluing and oppression of women, just because they are women. It’s the same root that produces all forms of violence against women.

On December 6, we remember the women murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, and all women whose lives have been taken by husbands, fathers, boyfriends, or others who put no value on their lives.

On December 6, let’s recommit ourselves to valuing women’s abilities, potentials, and lives. As individuals or as members of organizations and of society, our actions have an impact and do make a difference.

In solidarity,

Ken Neumann
National Director

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