International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
November 25, 2016
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and in Canada, marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence led by my colleague the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women.
The period between now and December 10 – International Human Rights Day – is a time to reflect on the magnitude and devastating effects of violence. Most importantly, we are asked to join our fellow Canadians in reflecting and taking action on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, December 6.
Globally, it is estimated that one in every three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime. Violence against women, including as part of family violence, is a serious public health issue with tragic consequences for individuals, families and society. Family violence is often hidden and many may not feel empowered to talk about it. We know that violence and family violence can lead to serious health issues such as depression, anxiety, chronic diseases, and a shorter life expectancy.
We must continue to strive to break the cycle of violence, through mental health promotion, addiction and suicide prevention, mental health counselling, addictions treatment, and crisis response services. We will continue to collaborate with First Nations and Inuit partners to support and deliver culturally safe services.
We understand that building healthy families, fostering positive relationships, changing attitudes, and promoting gender equality are essential to addressing family violence and violence against girls and women.
Today, I ask you to join me and other Canadians in raising awareness and sharing the message that your #ActionsMatter.
To learn more:
- The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2016 – A Focus on Family Violence in Canada
- Family Violence Initiative
- Stop Family Violence
The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.
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