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Over the years, I've talked to many women who have found the courage to escape violence. Every one of those conversations reminds me of the power of ending the silence. We must continue to talk about violence against women. We must continue to speak up, even if we are met with disinterest, denial, hostility, or victim-blaming. We must let women know help is available, and that they will be heard and believed. And we must continue to share our own stories.
Lately it seems that every day I read another atrocious story about physical or sexual violence against women. While we'd like to think women and girls in Canada are safe from this type of violence, the facts say otherwise. Every six days, another woman in Canada is murdered by her current or former partner. Every night in Canada, more than 3,000 women (along with their 2,500 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter because it's not safe for them at home. Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of sixteen. But you can offer hope.
Tomorrow is International Women's Day.
It's also a good time to recognize how far away true freedom and equality for women and girls remains - while some insist 'women are already equal,' our latest research shows Canadians know this isn't true. In a recent Omnibus Angus Reid opinion poll on behalf of the Canadian Women's Foundation, 51% of Canadians said they believed women were not yet equal in Canada. Here are three simple but powerful ways you can honour this wonderful day.
According to a recent survey we commissioned, 90 per cent of Canadians agree that exposure to hypersexualized images is a problem for girls.
Given the power of media to teach, it's no surprise that, as one researcher says, "Girls live with the pervasive sentiment that they are not as important as boys."
This time of year, many of us make ambitious resolutions with notoriously mixed results! How about a resolution that's not only fun, but also helps women and girls across Canada? Find out more about KindCycle and how your investment is helping women & girls.