More Action Needed to Stop Violence Against Women

OTTAWA – In response to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report which identifies violence against women as a global health epidemic, the NDP is urging Conservatives to show a stronger commitment to eliminating violence against women in Canada and around the world.

 “The WHO identified physical violence as a public health problem. It is a tragedy that physical or sexual violence still affects more than a third of women globally,” said NDP Status of Women critic Niki Ashton (Churchill). “Better coordinated efforts are needed to address violence against women – and Canada should be leading the way.”

 “It is encouraging that Canada has been working on issues like forced marriage and marital rape,” said NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre). “But this study shows that a lot more needs to be done. Canadian leadership can help advance women’s equality globally – including increasing the role of women in conflict prevention and peace building."

 “The WHO study makes it clear that efforts to reduce violence against women must be better coordinated – including improved reporting and more support for victims of violence,” said Ashton. “This should serve as a wakeup call.”

 “I have introduced a motion, M-444, that outlines a practical plan for the federal government to collaborate with provinces, territories and civil society – alongside First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples – on eliminating violence against women,” said Ashton. “I urge the Conservatives to support my motion and finally recognize that action is needed in Canada to reduce, and eventually eliminate, violence against women.”

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