Call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to enact a national action plan on gender-based violence 

 

CANADA:
END GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Call on Canada to develop a national action plan on gender-based violence 

 
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EVERY PERSON HAS A RIGHT TO LIVE FREE FROM DISCRIMINATION AND VIOLENCE

At least one-third of women and gender diverse people in Canada will experience violence at some point in their lives, and actions taken to date have failed to stem the violence. 

Under international law, every country has an obligation to address gender-based violence. And every person has a right to live free from discrimination and violence.

1 IN 3 WOMEN & GENDER
DIVERSE PEOPLE WILL
EXPERIENCE VIOLENCE

The Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence enacted in June 2017 is a step in the right direction, but is limited to areas under federal jurisdiction, and fails to address the gender discrimination that is at the root of gender-based violence.

A national action plan involving the federal, provincial, territorial, municipal, and Indigenous governments and governance, which addresses root causes, is needed to end gender-based violence in Canada.

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Why Canada needs a national action plan on gender-based violence
 

 
 

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am writing to express concern about the high rates of violence against women and gender diverse people in Canada, which disproportionately impact marginalized and racialized women and gender diverse people.

Every person has a right to live free from violence and discrimination. And every government has an obligation to address gender-based violence. 

The Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence enacted in June 2017 is a step in the right direction, but fails to address root causes of the violence, or areas outside federal jurisdiction. 

I call on you to:

- develop a comprehensive, coordinated national plan of action to address gaps in current policies, programs, and services, and to address the root causes of gender-based violence;
- involve federal, provincial, territorial, municipal, and Indigenous governments and governance in the development of the national action plan;
- involve women, gender diverse individuals, marginalized communities, and representative organizations in every aspect of action plan development;
- centre this engagement on the lived experience of marginalized and racialized individuals including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit women, girls, and two-spirit people; and
- ensure the plan includes strong implementation and accountability mechanisms, accompanied by sufficient resourcing. 



Thank you,

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
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