Author: Anuradha Dugal
Anuradha Dugal is the Director of Community Initiatives & Policy at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She has served various roles for more than a decade at the Foundation, having previously been the Director of Violence Prevention Programs and, before that, a Board Member and Chair of the Violence Prevention Committee. Anuradha also sits on Minister Monsef's Advisory Council on Gender-based Violence and is a member of the Conseil des Montrealaises. As well as being a fierce advocate for all who identify as women and girls, she is the mother to three boys who she is trying to raise to be feminists. And she still finds time occasionally to enjoy gardening, knitting, and swimming!
Every six days, another woman in Canada is murdered by her current or former partner. Every night, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in a women’s shelter or transition house because it’s not safe for them at home.
Do you know someone who is living with violence? You are not alone. Two thirds of Canadians know a woman who has experienced physical or sexual violence.
Ever wonder why women rarely report sexual assault?
Last week, a group of frosh leaders at St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia came under fire for leading freshman students in a chant encouraging underage rape. These students are from the same province where months earlier, Rehteah Parsons took her own life after being bullied and harassed after her classmates shared pictures of her online taken during her sexual assault.
Yes, victim-blaming is alive and well in Canada.