Speak Out to End Male Violence Against Women

November 25, 2008, 2:23 PM EST

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In Canada more than 60 women are killed each year by their partners or ex-partners. And Statistics Canada reports more than 38,000 incidents of spousal violence were brought forward to police in 2006 - with women 83 per cent of victims. Still, many thousands more women silently live a reality where violence is part of their daily routine.

On December 6, 1989, 14 women lost their lives at l'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal simply because they were women. Canada subsequently designated December 6th as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

In conjunction with women's equality groups and the broader labour movement, the CAW is continuing to campaign to end violence against women. The CAW postcard campaign "I speak out to end male violence against women - Do you?" is an example of how men are taking part in the campaign.  Several local unions have also transformed the postcard into billboards in their communities.

Julie White, CAW director of women's programs, said the union continues to make negotiation of the Women's Advocate program a priority in bargaining. In addition, the union continues to push governments to take steps to implement concrete legislative mechanisms that support workers in the event of workplace harassment or violence.

"The time has come to ensure that changes are implemented to recognize violence and harassment as genuine workplace hazards for all workers in Canada," White said. "We know that through organizing, collective bargaining and lobbying governments to improve women's economic equality we can create conditions for change."   


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