Help eliminate gender-based violence

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Transcript - Help eliminate gender-based violence

Minister Monsef:

Gender-based violence is the most significant barrier to gender equality and it can be prevented. Yet for too long we’ve heard stories of survivors and their families who have come forward hoping to prevent this tragedy from happening to others.

We thank them for their courage and offer our gratitude to those providing healing to those affected.

Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor in French:

Gender-based violence has immediate and long-term effects on physical and mental health : physical injuries, trauma,  chronic diseases, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. But violence does not only affect health.

Minister Monsef:

On November 25th, the International Day for the elimination of Violence Against Women, we begin 16 days of activism to end all forms of gender-based violence.

Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor:

We must work to end the stigma associated with gender-based violence, break the cycle of abuse, and to provide better support for victims of violence.

That includes:

Investing to improve the determinants of health – including fostering safe and healthy relationships;

Supporting maternal-child health programs that help families across Canada, including First Nations and Inuit families; and

Investing in community-based programs to improve the health of those who have experienced intimate partner violence or childhood maltreatment

Minister  Monsef :

The Government of Canada stands shoulder to shoulder with those taking action to end violence against women and girls.

It is why we have introduced the first federal strategy to address and prevent all forms of gender-based violence; because we all have a role to play. Join the conversation online using the hashtag #MYactionsMatter and share how you will be part of the solution.

Ministre Ginette Petitpas Taylor: Together we all can achieve real progress towards eliminating gender-based violence.

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