To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Montreal's Polytechnique massacre, people across Canada are sharing striking feminist messages.\nMany of the messages address gender-based violence and the perpetuation of misogyny in our culture.\nSee examples of tweets with strong messages below!\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nDecember 6, 2019, marks the 30th anniversary of the massacre at Montreal's École Polytechnique. The lone gunman (whose name we will not publish) separated students by gender and killed 14 women studying engineering in an attack motived by misogyny and anti-feminism. Commemorations of the tragedy are an occasion to not just reflect on the lives lost but to call out gender-based violence and the insidious perpetuation of misogyny in our culture.\nDecember 6 is now the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada and 30 years after the Polytechnique shooting, people across the country are taking to social media to share important feminist messages and calls to action.\nBelow, we've compiled some of the most poignant statements posted to Twitter.\nThese statements are vital in a public discourse dominated, it seems, by both subtle and outright expressions of sexism and transphobia.\nBut, above all, it is incumbent upon men to recognize their own biases and to denounce misogyny where they see it.\nIndeed, as the government of Canada writes on its webpage devoted to statistics on gender-based violence (GBV), "if you look closely, you will see the roots of GBV all around you — in the jokes that demean members of the LGBTQI2+ community, in the media messages that objectify women, and in the rigid gender norms imposed on young children.\n"In Canada, GBV disproportionately impacts women and girls, as well as other diverse populations such as Indigenous Peoples, LGBTQI2+ and gender non-binary individuals, those living in northern, rural, and remote communities, people with disabilities, newcomers, children and youth, and seniors."\nFor more information on gender-based violence, refer to the government of Canada page here.\nFourteen beams of light. Each beam a life taken. Each beam a call to remember - a call to speak out against hatred and fear, not just today but every day. #MontrealMassacrehttps://t.co/GkgblN3ixI pic.twitter.com/A8Fhpq7Rfo— Dr. Leanne Foster (@DrLeanneFoster) December 6, 2019\nSay their names. Never say his. We won't forget. #MontrealMassacre pic.twitter.com/2PhgnOqx3p— Barbara Low (@BarbaraXLow) December 6, 2019\nEvery single one of us has a role to play in protecting women from the men who might kill them. #MontrealMassacre #December6 pic.twitter.com/9pkiUvlU2I— Kathleen Wynne (@Kathleen_Wynne) December 6, 2019\nOn Twitter, many Canadians are making the good point that misogyny persists not just in violence, but in subtle movements and remarks.\nI was working my first real job when the #MontrealMassacre happened, in a place filled mostly w entitled white menI still work in spaces dominated by men who react badly to smart racialized womenViolence - murderous & subtle - against women taking up space needs to stop— Rima Berns-McGown (@beyrima) December 6, 2019\nWe need to name these instances in order to end them.\nMany more people are sharing their memories of December 6, 1989, and reaffirming their feminism.\nToday, December 6th, I remember the #MontrealMassacre victims and keep their memory, and honour their power, in my own, broken heart. I am a feminist. I will never not be. 💪🏼💗— Bif Naked (@bifnaked) December 6, 2019\nFeminism is the radical idea that women shouldn't be treated like doormats.* Anger at that idea motivated the worst mass murder in Canadian history. Do not forget this. Ever. #MontrealMassacre #december6 https://t.co/0LB3W726qa— Melanee Thomas (@MelaneeLThomas) December 6, 2019\nIt's mind boggling to me to see men trying to highjack threads about the #MontrealMassacre that left 14 women dead and make it about mean feminists. Don't you see that you're just repeating the same misogynistic patterns that allowed that massacre to happen in the 1st place??— Hannah ✊ (@SensiHannah) December 5, 2019\nToday's a day when Canadians collectively have an obligation to remember the 14 women killed by a madman because they had the 'gall' to take their rightful place in receiving an education & planning a career. #montrealmassacre— Ed the Sock (@EdtheSock) December 5, 2019\nEven in Canada, women, trans and non-binary people continue to face social barriers.\nThe sentiments shared on Twitter are particularly striking given the fact that, as one user points out, "to this day, people are still debating whether or not violence against women is an issue."\nDec 6th National Day of Remembrance. 😢🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹As a university student at at the time, I remember the Montreal Massacre only too well. When asked, "Are you a feminist?" I have to say "absolutely." #montrealmassacre https://t.co/6e37YUutHV— Carla Johnson (@Carla_Johnson) December 5, 2019\nNever forget the 14 women murdered simply for existing 30 years ago. Never forget that, to this day, people are still debating whether or not violence against women is an issue.#MontrealMassacre pic.twitter.com/1c1f3L5eDy— Marie but screaming in Québécois (@FightForeverMTL) December 5, 2019\nI still hold on to hope that change is possible -- that we'll find a way to tackle all the wicked problems that fuel (and are fuelled by) misogyny.— Ann Douglas (@anndouglas) December 6, 2019\nSending strength to all underpaid, precarious women workers who have to listen to their employers pontificate about women's rights today. #MontrealMassacre— Annick MacAskill (@thisisannick) December 6, 2019\nThis Twitter user points out, importantly, that many people not in positions of authority are often unable to speak out against harmful language or actions.\nAction against gender-based violence also includes voting for politicians who recognize and have a plan to address it.\nAs an engineer, the grim anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre rattles me. 30 years later it's a stark reminder about the violence women face everyday, and sadly the obstacles women still face in the workplace. 14 not forgotten #MontrealMassacre pic.twitter.com/4OaQD3SAnT— Sheila Santos (@sheilasandytoes) December 5, 2019\nViolence against women by men is a hate crime. Remembering and mourning all the women lost today 30 yrs ago in the #MontrealMassacre &every day. Committing to always do my best to protect women from #femicide. Which means calling it what it is. Which means voting in ppl who care— Sula Johnson (@SulaJohnson) December 6, 2019\nThere’s so much I wish I’d said & clearer. But let’s remember these women & that the two biggest mass killings in Canada were motivated by misogyny. We have so much to fix. Yes we’ve “come so far” but it can’t just be women doing this work as it so often is. #MontrealMassacre https://t.co/Y4vksxc4Z8— Sarah Boesveld (@sarahboesveld) December 6, 2019\nRemembered in memory. Honoured in actions.#MontrealMassacre pic.twitter.com/8b3qZCUrOT— Kathleen Finlay | 🇨🇦🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@PatientPro1st) December 6, 2019\n"It can't just be women doing this work as it so often is."\nAs another use points out, the undue "rage people have for [...] Swedish teenager" Greta Thunberg is a contemporary example of widespread misogynistic sentiment directed at a woman with knowledge.\nRemember the 14 women killed in the #MontrealMassacre, especially at a time when the anti-feminism discourse is gaining ground. Such tragedies must never happen again. #December6th— Lori Sigurdson (@LoriSigurdson) December 6, 2019\nOn this day, let's not only reflect on the women killed in the #MontrealMassacre. Let's also think of the hate directed against women today. Let's think of the rage people have for a Swedish teenager.People with power fuel that hate for their own ends. And real people suffer.— Jay Fitzsimmons (@JayFitzsy) December 6, 2019\n30 years ago today the misogynist #MontrealMassacre of 14 young women in engineering was shattering. Today this could still happen to your sister, daughter. #genderequality needs everyone to step up and speak out - women and men - become aware of the biases that perpetuate #GBV— Dorothy Shaw (@DrDorothyShaw) December 6, 2019\nIl y a 30 ans, le #6décembre1989, nos vies ont changé à jamais quand 14 jeunes femmes ont perdu la leur dans l'attentat antiféministe de #Polytechnique. Gardons-les toujours dans nos coeurs, et faisons en sorte de mettre fin aux violences faites aux filles et aux femmes. #polmtl pic.twitter.com/8CpbjaRQsR— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) December 6, 2019\nTranslation: 30 years ago, on December 6, 1989, our lives were changed forever when 14 young women lost [their lives] in the anti-feminist Polytechnique attack. Let us always keep them in our hearts, and let us make sure that we put an end to violence against girls and women.\nOn the 30th anniversary of the massacre, universities across Canada will send beams of light into the sky.\nIn Montreal, the Governor General and several Quebec politicians will attend a ceremony atop Mount Royal.