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Mayor’s column: Be silent no more – Sicamous Eagle Valley News

by pmnationtalk on November 24, 2017332 Views

November 23, 2017

Please join us on Dec. 6 at the Salmon Arm Campus of Okanagan College for events that inclulde a candlelight vigil remembering and honouring women who have suffered from abuse and violence.

So what is violence against women?

The United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life” (UN 1993).

According to the Canadian Women’s Federation, violence against women happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group; however, some women are especially at risk.

Aboriginal women are 2.5 times more likely to be victims of violence than non-Aboriginal women. Aboriginal women (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) are six times more likely to be killed than non-Aboriginal women.

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