“Violence against women is a violation of the most basic human rights. It destroys lives, tears families apart, impacts entire communities, and has no place within our society,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.
“Today serves as an important reminder that women and girls – particularly indigenous women and girls – continue to be vulnerable to violence in our society. This must change.”
The Canadian government launched 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence today to encourage Canadians to help end the horrifying trend. Canadians are encouraged to take the #EndViolence pledge on the Status of Women website.
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