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Lunchtime discussion: The case for a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:00pm


Octopus Books Centretown @ 25OneCommunity
251 Bank St, 2nd floor
Ottawa, ON
45° 24' 58.6944" N, 75° 41' 49.3476" W

The call for a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women comes from many groups across Canada and it grows.

Led by the Canadian Network of Women's Shelters & Transition Houses, a team of researchers conducted a research between January 2013 and June 2013 through a wide range of data sources. Their report mapped out existing national, provincial, and territorial policies, strategies, and legislation that would be impacted by, or could be used as the basis for, the development of national legislation on violence against women (VAW) in Canada. The analysis on their findings is grounded on two United Nations documents: the Handbook for Legislation on Violence Against Women (2010) and the Handbook for National Action Plans on Violence Against Women (2011).

Loretta Saunders' tragic death sparks calls for national inquiry

In the wake of the tragic murder of Loretta Saunders, four NDP MPs, Ryan Cleary, Megan Leslie, Jean Crowder and Romeo Saganash, asked for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. They were met with partisanship and empty answers.

Supporting Women Facing Abuse

This resource, called “How Can I Help My Friend,” is an excellent product from Battered Women Support Services in Vancouver. The guide gives tips on how to support a friend dealing with abuse. 



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Imagine going to bed, then waking to find your mother missing

Photo: flickr/Thien V

Imagine it's a normal, autumn evening. You finish your homework and then you kiss your mom goodnight.

You wake up the next morning after sleeping in. Curious to discover why you weren't woken up for school, You enter your mom's room to find an empty bed, sheets untouched. 

At the time, you convince yourself that mom has just gone to run errands. Her car is gone. Her wallet is in the kitchen, but her cellphone is missing. The kitchen door is open slightly.

Off to school, beading a mental wampum as you imagine the story of her disappearance. It can't be anything too serious. She could be anywhere. She could be with anyone.


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