NEWS RELEASE · 8th March 2013
MP Nathan Cullen - Ottawa
Today we celebrate the incredible achievements of women across Canada, as well as the tremendous challenges they face every day. This year, we also take an opportunity to reflect on how we can work to eliminate violence against women and girls in Canada and internationally.
While we continue to raise awareness and take action as parliamentarians, this appalling and unacceptable phenomenon is still an ongoing reality in Canada, disproportionately affecting Aboriginal women and women in northern communities – up to thirteen times the national average.
Today I join with my New Democrat colleagues in reaffirming our call on the government to establish a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women, and we join the United Nations in calling for a National Action Plan to combat violence against women. We also reaffirm our commitment to a pro-active approach every day of the year that prevents violence against women, supports victims and their families, and counters the root causes of gender violence such as poverty and lack of education.