Last week the residents of Aylmer were treated to a flashy display of 40 red dresses flapping from the lamp posts lining Main Street. Or was it such a treat? The dresses were hung up to honor attractive, lively young spirits who filled them in happier times. A recent RCMP report shows that 1,181 Canadian aboriginal women were victims of homicide between 1980 and 2012. Currently 225 cases of missing or murdered aboriginal women are unsolved.
The used red dresses were tossed into a box at the Aylmer Bulletin after a local charity sent out an appeal. The exposition moved on to Parliament Hill and will go on to other locations to raise awareness.
The novella, Nirmala the Mud Blossom by Fiza Pathan, and the prehistoric novel, Eyo, the People, by Donella Dunlop, both record facts of the tragic treatment of women and girls. The first is set in today’s slums of Mumbai, India; the second is about the first people who crossed the Bering Strait land bridge into North America in 12,000 B.C.
If more of us even do a little something about it, like reading a report, a book or donating a dress, it will be faced up to more, brought out into the open and reduced. That will make life a lot safer for attractive, lively women and young girls we all like to see in red dresses.
See Patricia Cassidy’s photographs of the dresses on Main Street
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