On behalf of the entire White Ribbon organization, we extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims, those injured, and everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.
While the true motive has yet to be revealed, we are aware of and actively monitoring preliminary reports tying the horrific actions of this individual to deep hatred and misogyny towards women.
White Ribbon was created in 1991 as a direct response to the Montreal Massacre, where a young man with similar hateful beliefs murdered 14 women at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. Sadly, there have been many horrible acts of hatred and violence towards women in North America and all across the globe since our founding. This reinforces why the work we do is so important. These atrocities are symptomatic of the deep inequalities that exist between men and women in our society.
Just as we did in response to the Montreal Massacre, along with any act of violence or discrimination against women, we call on all men to speak out.
To examine their own actions and beliefs.
To challenge hateful and misogynist beliefs and attitudes.
To support and stand in solidarity with survivors of violence.
To educate their peers and young people around them - especially young men and boys - about gender equality.
To model respect for women, girls, and people of all genders.
To recognize their part in eradicating all forms of gender-based violence.
Please do your part and sign the White Ribbon Pledge. Add your name to the list of thousands of men who have already pledged to never commit, condone or remain silent about gender-based violence.
Executive Director, White Ribbon