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SFU experts available on 30th anniversary of Dec. 6 Montréal massacre

December 04, 2019

To help getting in touch with an expert, please contact:

Shradhha Sharma, SFU Communications and Marketing, 778.782.3210,

December 6 will mark the 30th anniversary of the l'École Polytechnique de Montréal shootings. On that day in 1989, 14 female engineering students were murdered in Canada’s worst mass shooting.

Across Canada, the tragic event is commemorated as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women on December 6th every year. While not necessarily limited to one gender, gender-based violence continues to impact women and girls, and a disproportionate number of LGBTQ2S and gender non-binary individuals, in Canada and across the globe.

Gender-based violence is also experienced by other groups in Canada, such as Indigenous Peoples, those living in northern, rural, and remote communities, people with disabilities, newcomers, children and youth, and seniors.

Experts at Simon Fraser University are available to comment on what more can be done to end gender-based violence across our communities.

The following experts are available for comment:

Ann Travers, professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology,

Research interests: Social theory (classical, feminist, queer and trans/gender); sociology of sport; children and gender justice; social issues and movements; gender and technology.

Jen Marchbank, professor, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, 778.782.7607,

Research interests: Politics of care; gendered violence; feminist pedagogy; refugee settlement; LGBTQ history; and gender variant youth.

CJ Rowe, director, Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office at SFU, 236.889.7463,

Extensive academic and professional background of advocacy for human rights and diversity, education and research, building inclusive communities, and engaging diverse groups in dialogue for action.


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