OTTAWA, Nov. 25, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, today issued the following statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women:
"Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which also marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.
On this day, we are reminded that violence, and the threat of violence, are daily realities for too many women and girls. This violence victimizes women and their families and creates chaos in countless lives. In short – this is not just a women's issue – it affects us all – and we must all be part of the solution.
During the next sixteen days, I encourage all Canadians to show their commitment to ending gender-based violence. Start by going to women.gc.ca and taking the pledge to #EndViolence. You can also show you commitment by attending a vigil, observing a moment of silence, or wearing a white ribbon.
If each of us takes action, we can help make Canada safer, more respectful and supportive – not just for women and girls – but for all Canadians."
For more information:
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
SOURCE Status of Women Canada
For further information: For media inquiries only: Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and Public Affairs, Status of Women Canada, Tel: 819-420-6810