Message from the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25, 2021) and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (November 25 to December 10, 2021)

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Message from the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25, 2021) and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (November 25 to December 10, 2021)

by ahnationtalk on November 25, 202150 Views

From: Public Health Agency of Canada

Every day, people in Canada experience violence because of their gender, gender expression, gender identity or perceived gender. Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. Worldwide, one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. In times of crises, the numbers rise, as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent humanitarian crises, conflicts and climate disasters.

In Canada, 1 in 10 women reported being very or extremely concerned about the possibility of violence in the home. In Canada, 79% of police-reported intimate partner violence is against women.

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It also marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which will conclude on December 10, International Human Rights Day. We also mourn and remember the 14 young women murdered at Polytechnique Montréal on December 6, 1989 by recognizing The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Gender-based violence has immediate and long-lasting impacts on the physical and mental health of survivors, and lasting consequences for families, communities and society as a whole.

Budget 2021 announced $601.3 million over five years to advance a new National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence. As part of this commitment, the Public Health Agency of Canada will invest $50 million over five years to support the delivery and testing of programs to prevent and address family and gender-based violence, and improve health outcomes for survivors. This includes a variety of community-based programs to build healthy relationships and positive parenting skills, and contribute to survivors’ physical and mental health. The Public Health Agency of Canada also supports training and resources to build the capacity of health professionals and service providers to respond safely and effectively to survivors of family and gender-based violence.

On June 3, 2021, with the National Families and Survivors Circle, Indigenous partners, provinces and territories, we launched the 2021 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People National Action Plan: Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People. The implementation of this plan, including the Federal Pathway, builds on the work we have done together over the last six years to end violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.

COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for those experiencing gender-based violence. Collective action is needed as we continue to navigate the evolving pandemic and the parallel pandemic of mental health challenges. By working together, we can help to foster positive relationships, build healthy families, change attitudes and promote gender equality.

Please join me in raising awareness to end gender based violence by wearing the colour orange and by sharing the message #orangetheworld #16days and #spreadtheword.

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minster of Health

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