For Immediate Release
25 November, 2023
“November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It is a day to reflect and remember those lost to domestic abuse and intimate partner violence. Even with the tremendous work being done by Women’s advocacy groups throughout the province, we still have a long way to go to eliminate violence against women.
“Today is a day to share stories. Through listening to lived experiences and hearing stories first-hand, all leaders become better informed allowing them to craft and advocate for stronger legislation to prevent gender-based violence in all of our communities, and empower survivors to seek justice.
“We know that Indigenous women, and girls are at higher risk to encounter gender-based and intimate-partner violence. This is why I am calling on government to review and implement the Calls for Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. This would ensure that Indigenous women, girls, and those who are 2SLGBTQQIA+ peoples in my district have the supports they need to reach out for help or leave the abuse inflicted upon them.
“The Calls for Justice touch on the socio-economic crises Indigenous peoples face, and calls on the provincial and federal governments to implement things such as safe housing and shelter, access to health and healing, and increased food security. We do not need more studies to find solutions, the solutions have been provided by the inquiry -- now it’s time for governments to act.
“Further, this government needs to ensure that the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program is implemented in health centres across the Island and in Labrador. This program allows specific compassion-lead training and provides nurses with the supports needed to help victims of sexual abuse move to the next stage, whether that be leaving their partner or seeking further justice. We must make sure meaningful action is taken to reduce the risk women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people in this province face simply for being born and identifying as anything other than a man.”
For further information, contact Eddy St. Coeur, Director of Communications, NDP Caucus at 729-2137 (o), or email@example.com