Volume 91, Issue 17

Thursday, September 25, 1997

sacre bleu


Men are important too

Re: Night is repossessed, Sept. 19

To the Editor:
I feel the need to respond to the article in The Gazette concerning the Take Back the Night march on Sept. 19, 1997. I was quoted as saying, "We are trying to get the message out that we don't need men."

With the abruptness of The Gazette quote, I feel that my quote was printed out of context. The quote left the reader the wrong impression that either the Women's Issues Network or myself are anti-male.

The quote that I made, of which unfortunately only a small portion was printed, was in regards to the symbolism of women taking a stand and marching through the streets without fear. In essence, taking back the night in the company of other women.

In no way am I stating that we don't need men. Men should be just as vocal and active in supporting these groups for the crusade to stop violence against women.

The Women's Issues Network on campus is a women-positive organization. The goal of WIN. is to inform the campus about women's issues and to involve everyone, male and female.

We are an organization comprising of both male and female members who are volunteering their time to help run the office, the resource centre, and the various campaigns throughout the year.

The problem of violence against women will stop only when men and women come together to help prevent it.

Sarah Demelo

Visual Arts, II

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