COPE Councillor Ellen Woodsworth has submitted a resolution to council supporting the We Can End All Violence Against Women campaign, which the Women’s Advisory Committee of the City of Vancouver has endorsed.
The ‘We Can End All Violence against Women’, or ‘We Can’, is a multi-year, international campaign, which seeks to challenge and change deeply entrenched societal attitudes and practices that support violence against women through a Coalition of over 50 organizations and 500 individuals.
‘We Can’ is a partner in the international ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence’ campaign that will be taking place from November 25- December 10, 2009 to raise awareness and dialogue around violence against women, trans people and human rights defenders.
Recent figures from Statistics Canada indicate that women are 8 times more likely than men to experience violence in relationships.
According to Councillor Woodsworth, "in times of recession we know from recent studies that there is a one third increase in violence against women. It is the responsibility of all levels of government to speak out and act firmly to oppose all violence".