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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

November 25, 2015

Senator Janis G. Johnson takes the pledge to end violence against women and girls — will you?

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Winnipeg, Manitoba –  Status of Women Canada

Canadians are standing up to violence against women and girls through Status of Women Canada’s #EndViolence campaign, which urges both men and women to join the movement to end gender violence by taking an online pledge at women.gc.ca.

Johnson took the pledge and asked constituents in Manitoba to do the same during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.
Statistics show that women and girls continue to be more vulnerable to violence than men. Aboriginal women are even more at risk, being three times more likely than non-Aboriginal women to report experiencing violence.
Canadians are encouraged to visit the Status of Women Canada website to take the pledge. By taking the pledge, Canadians can show that they care about making Canada safer for all women and girls — no matter who they are or where they live.

Quick Facts

 

  • Statistics show that women and girls continue to be more vulnerable than men to all forms of violence. This is particularly true for Aboriginal women who are three times more likely than non-Aboriginal women to report experiencing violence.
  • Aboriginal women are over-represented among Canada’s murdered women. The RCMP reports that nearly 1,200 Aboriginal women and girls were murdered or went missing between 1980 and 2012.
  • The Government of Canada has committed to launching an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.
  • The Government of Canada is urging Canadians to join the movement to end violence against women and girls by visiting women.gc.ca to take the pledge and to ask their friends and family to do the same.
  • The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence began on November 25, with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and will conclude with International Human Rights Day on December 10. The 16 Days also include Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women on December 6.

Quotes

“Violence is a reality for far too many Canadian women. Aboriginal women, in particular, are three times more likely to report experiencing violence than non-Aboriginal women. This is unacceptable.  Living a life free of violence is a basic human right and one that all Canadian women and girls should expect. Our government is addressing this urgent issue with measures to prevent violence, not just punish it.”

 The Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu, P.C., M.P. Minister of Status of Women

“Gender-based violence is not just a women’s issue — it’s everyone’s issue and we all have an important role to play in addressing it. Looking the other way is not an option. By taking the pledge, men and women in Manitoba and all across Canada are saying ‘I will do what I can to end violence against women and girls.’ Together, our actions will make Canada safer, more respectful and supportive for all Canadians.”

The Honourable Janis G. Johnson, Senator for Manitoba

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Additional Links

 

  • Information about Status of Women Canada at women.gc.ca


For inquiries:

Nanci-Jean Waugh Director General, Communications and Public Affairs Status of Women Canada Tel: 819-420-6810