Conservative Government Urges Local Action to End Violence Against Women and Girls

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Langley, BC – Today, Langley Member of Parliament Mark Warawa is encouraging all Canadians to take part in the many events occurring during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.
“This is an opportunity for all of us to take a stand against unacceptable behavior,” said MP Warawa. “Women and girls should be able to feel safe in their homes, workplaces and communities and by taking part in this campaign we are sending a strong message that violence will not be tolerated.”
“Each day women and girls face violence, sexual exploitation, gender selection, forced labour, homelessness, bullying, ill health and even death. In the case of gender selection, some girls do not even live until they are born – or are left to die immediately after – because their parents prefer to have a boy instead of a girl,” said the Langley MP. “In fact, the United Nations reports that over 200 million women and girls are missing world-wide due to systematic discrimination, known as gendercide.”
“Our Government takes this issue very seriously and has taken action to make our communities safer for women and girls,” said Warawa. “We introduced new legislation to combat cyberbullying, we have strengthened our laws through passing the Safe Streets and Communities Act, and we announced a call for proposals to help fund local projects which help prevent violence against women and girls.”
The new cyberbullying legislation will give police and prosecutors new tools to address online crime. This legislation will also create a new criminal offence to prohibit the non-consensual distribution of intimate images.
Recently, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, announced a call for proposals entitled Cyber and Sexual Violence: Helping Communities Respond. This funding will support projects at the local level to help prevent violence against women and girls. Since 2007, the government has provided more than $62 million for projects to end violence against women and girls through Status of Women Canada.
The Safe Streets and Communities Act was passed to improve the safety of all Canadians. The Government also launched the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, and increased penalties for violent crimes.
“In order to end violence and discrimination we need to change hearts and minds,” said Warawa. “This begins by valuing women and girls in our communities, educating our children, spreading awareness, and opposing discrimination in every form, including gender selection.”
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence begins today, November 25, with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The campaign concludes with International Human Rights Day on December 10. Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women takes place on December 6, in memory of the 14 young women murdered at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989, and all women and girls who are victims of gender-based violence.

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