Ken Neumann’s Statement for December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Federal government must create a national action plan on violence against women, implement national inquiry report

On December 6, we remember the women murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. And we also renew our calls for better measures to end gender-based violence. Because the murders continue.

One woman or girl is killed in Canada every two and a half days. Women who live in rural areas, Indigenous women and women living with disabilities are even more likely to be killed by violence. That terrible rate has stayed the same for the last 40 years.

In 2020, the pandemic has made that more challenging, by increasing isolation and making it harder to access in-person services. The pandemic isn’t only a health crisis; it is also a safety crisis.

The USW calls on the federal government to adopt a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women based on the blueprint created by Women’s Shelters Canada.

That plan must provide long-term, stable core funding for shelters and sexual assault centres, particularly those in rural/remote areas. And there must be an authentic parallel process to implement the Calls for Justice in the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, based on the leadership of Indigenous women and Indigenous legal experts.

Safety for women also includes access to good jobs, union membership, affordable housing, clean water, quality childcare and so much more. We need a comprehensive plan from government, and we need it now.

In solidarity,

Ken Neumann
National Director


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