Action still needed to address gender-based violence

December 6, 2016

For immediate release.

HALIFAX – Today marks 27 years since the murder of 14 women at École Polytechnique in Montreal. Each year, on December 6, communities across Canada remember victims and survivors of gender-based violence, and commit to action to prevent and respond to it.

“While today is an important opportunity to focus on violence against women and trans people, we must commit to taking action to prevent and respond to sexualized and gender-based violence everyday,” said Lenore Zann, NDP critic for the Status of Women. “Our caucus will continue to work with all parties, community organizations, and other stakeholders to address the roots of gender-based violence, such as economic inequality and a culture of victim-blaming.”

This fall, the Nova Scotia NDP Caucus proposed several pieces of legislation to help address gender-based violence in Nova Scotia including legislation requiring that colleges and universities have policies to prevent and respond to sexualized violence on campuses and legislation to implement the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation.

“The impact of gender-based violence in our province cannot be overstated,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “I want to thank community-based organizations for their leadership in providing essential services to survivors and for doing the difficult, everyday work to prevent gender-based violence in our communities.”

Events to mark December 6 will happen in communities across the province.


For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca