A single candle burns in the dark

Vigil to honour slain women, discuss male aggression

A single candle burns in the dark

“My daddy has killed my mummy and my auntie.”

No child should ever have reason to say these words. Yet this happened in our city earlier this month. Two women, Sanjula Devi and Fahmida Velji-Visram, were stabbed to death.

This Thursday evening, concerned Calgarians and organizations are holding a vigil to honour the slain women and plan preventative actions.

One of the event’s organizers is Vic Lantion, a member of Men’s Action Network Calgary, a United Way-supported group made up of men from various backgrounds who strive to enhance men’s roles in violence prevention.

“We need a strong community response to such issues,” says Vic. “This is what we are hoping to initiate with this event. It’s now time we speak candidly about male aggression and gender inequality in schools, families, neighbourhoods, religious institutions and the workplace.”

The event is free and open to the public. Here are the details:

Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Time: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Penbrooke Meadows Community Association (6100 Penbrooke Drive SE)