By Kristin Annable
This year at the Centre for Creative Communications, student volunteers, along with organizer Barry Waite, gave out white ribbons and offered students and faculty the opportunity to sign a banner expressing how they feel about the issue of violence against women. Waite teaches at the CCC and is also program co-ordinator for the Corporate Communications program.
“The students here at the CCC are very engaged. They want to make a difference in the world. So everyone was eager to write things down,” Waite said. “The fact that we were giving people the opportunity to express themselves helped.”
By last Friday afternoon, the students and faculty had filled the banner with messages asking for the cycle of violence against women to end. One message said, “Everyone deserves respect, each one all of us.”
Another said, “Would you abuse your mother, your sister? Stop all violence against women now!” One simply said, “STOP.”
Alex Ferrinan, a first-year student in the Radio and Television Broadcast program, believes that this campaign is important to encourage equality between men and women.
“Throughout history men have always been thought to be superior,” he said. “It brings more emphasis to the issue (of violence) if men are campaigning. It would show that we are trying to eliminate the gap that has existed for thousands of years.”
Latoya Elliott, also a Radio and Television Broadcast student, explained that she hopes someday all violence will end, and that educating the next generation is important.
“I wrote, ‘everyone comes from a woman, so you have to take care of her,’” she said. “It’s important to stop violence against everyone, and we can start with women. By men saying to stop the violence, it shows that most men care for and respect women, and they are stepping up.”
Monday marked the 21st anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, and to cap off the CCC’s participation in the campaign, Amanda Stone, executive assistant to the dean, and Waite, held a ceremony in the cafeteria, asking everyone to stop for a moment of silence in memory of the women who died that day.
“I think it’s important to take a moment of silence. It allows for personal reflection, reflection on personal memories, and to reflect on the message and how we can prevent it from happening again,” Stone said. “The message is to promote the idea of stopping violence. (It’s) a physical reminder. We wear this ribbon to show that we remember.”