Urgent action needed to end violence against women

OTTAWA – Official Oppostion Status of Women critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) is launching a petition urging prompt action from the Harper government on a national plan to address violence against women, and an independent inquiry into the deaths of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women.

“After decades of studies and recommendations, women are still 11 times more likely than men to be targets of sexual violence,” said Ashton. “It’s time for action. We’ve laid out the steps for the Conservative government to meet its international obligations with a concrete plan to end violence against women by 2015.”

In May, Ashton introduced a motion, M-444, which outlined a real plan for the federal government. This includes working with the provinces, territories and civil society, as well as First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples to eliminate violence against women. The petition is part of a national tour to consult with Canadians.

The petition can be found here: