Thursday, November 25, 2010
Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, as designated by the United Nations. Here in Canada, we will also continue to remember violence against women on December 6th, which marks the grim anniversary of the massacre at École Polytechnique in 1989.
November 25th marks the brutal assassination in 1960 of the three
Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic.
These sisters were dedicated to ending the brutal dictatorship of
Rafael Trujillo. On November 25, 1960, Trujillo sent men to intercept
the three women after they had visited their husbands in prison.
The unarmed sisters were led into a sugar cane field and executed.
Mr. Speaker, women around the world are subject to sexual, physical, and emotional violence every day. Often this violence goes unquestioned or unchallenged. Currently one particular country?s women are facing incredible levels of violence. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, approximately 1,100 rapes are reported each month, with an average of 36 women and girls raped every day. It is believed that over 200,000 women have suffered from sexual violence in that country since armed conflict began.
Mr. Speaker, women and men everywhere must stand together against
those who perpetrate all forms of violence against women. We must
never allow these atrocities to go unchallenged anywhere. I ask
all members to join with me today in committing to take action to
prevent violence against women today and every day and everywhere.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.