author Alan King, Friday December 6, 2019

Good morning AppArmor Partners,

December 6 in Canada is a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. It was 30 years ago today at Ecole Polytechnique (Polytechnique Montréal), located in Montréal Canada, when a horrific tragedy occurred; a lone gunman entered an Engineering classroom and divided the students by gender and committed one of the most horrific tragedies in Canadian history. He described his hatred of feminists and opened fire on the women. By the time the gunman had finished, 14 women were killed and 13 other people were injured. 

It is an event that will never be forgotten in Canada. The institution honours the victims by naming them here.

December 6 falls within the Canadian government's 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.  This year's campaign, #OurActionsMatter, calls on each of us to share the concrete actions that are being taken in our own communities and in our own lives to question, call out, and speak up against acts of gender-based violence.

For our part, AppArmor is proud to be working with Polytechnique Montréal for their custom branded safety app, PolyAlerte. The app helps play a role in broader effort to promote personal safety with both proactive and reactive tools.

On a final note, AppArmor asks all of our customers, Canadian or otherwise, to take time today to recognize a moment of silence at 4:10 p.m. - the time the shooting began 30 years ago - to remember the 14 women who were murdered on December 6, 1989.

Thank you for your consideration. As we reflect on this day, take time to reflect on the importance of all us in helping keep people safe while in their every day lives.