Statement on Elimination of Violence Against Women

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.

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