WiTOpoli Weekly: Friday, September 25

Anastasia Kuzyk, 36. Nathalie Warmerdam, 48. Carol Culleton, 66.
On Tuesday, three women were killed in a rural Ontario town called Renfrew Country. Friends of the victims shared memories on As It Happens. It was a traumatic event for such a small community, and clearly illustrates how women in rural areas are uniquely vulnerable to violence where access to services is few and far between. An Ottawa Citizen report has also detailed how local police failed to protect these women, who were all known to the perpetrator.

It took almost a day for the story to gain mainstream media coverage, which still remains sparse. Every week, when we assemble these news round-ups, there is inevitably a story to cover on violence against women. It’s become a numbing reminder of just how prevalent these stories are, but we do need to be reminded. We can’t let these stories become a blip on the radar. We will continue to work with our members to address these issues in whatever way we can, and will challenge our leaders to confront the systemic barriers that allows violence like this to persist.

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