Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Gender-Based Violence continues to be a very serious problem, both in Canada and around the world.
Join us at 3 PM at Holy Blossom Temple, where your representatives from all orders of government, with Minister Bill Blair, will be gathered to listen and discuss what each of us can do to make our communities safer for all.
I’m Carolyn Bennett, Member of Parliament for Toronto-St. Paul’s.
November 25th is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
In Canada, it’s also the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence leading up to December 6th when we commemorate the 14 women who were murdered at École Polytechnique simply because they were women.
According to surveys undertaken by the UN between 2005 and 2016 in 87 countries 19 per cent of girls and women aged 15 to 49 said they experienced physical or sexual violence “by an intimate partner” in the 12 months prior to the survey.
According to Statistics Canada, Indigenous women are 3.5 times more likely to experience violence than non-Indigenous women. We are so grateful to the determination of First Nations, Inuit and Metis women whose advocacy resulted in the Commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Gender-based violence continues to be a very serious problem, both in Canada and around the world. Real change can come from the #MeToo and #NotOk movements if we work together to tackle the root causes of violence in our homes and in our communities.
Please join me at our Toronto-St. Paul’s Summit on Community Safety Sunday November 25 at 3pm at Holy Blossom Temple where representatives from all orders of government will be gathered to listen and discuss with Minister Bill Blair what each us can do to make our communities safer for all.