Our Election platform: Engage, Reform and Resource

May 4, 2018

The Ontario election is on June 7th and WomanACT is calling for all party leaders and candidates to prioritize issues of gender equity and women’s safety.

​Approximately every 6 days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. This year in Ontario there have already been 17 victims who have died in alleged domestic violence cases. Violence against women is not only a human rights violation but has devastating physical, emotional, social and economic consequences to women. It can also have a significant impact on children, families, communities and the Canadian society as a whole. One study by Justice Canada found that spousal violence alone costs Canada $7.4 billion annually.

We need action now. The next government should: 

ENGAGE: Critically engage the Violence Against Women sector and Women with Lived Experience of violence in all aspects of policy development and system reform.

REFORM: Ensure that legislation prevents violence against women, supports survivors and their families and protects all women, without discrimination.

RESOURCE: Ensure that all systems and services that support women survivors and their families are adequately resourced.

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