Manitoba MP Connects Inequality and Violence Against Women

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Northern Manitoba MP and NDP aboriginal affairs critic Niki Ashon delivered a rousing call to action in the House of Commons earlier this week as she introduced a motion to combat violence against women.

Ashton's speech identified inequality as one of the root causes of violence against women, pointing to a need for more funding in affordable housing and shelters for women. She connects dots between the pay gap, cuts to poverty research, and the call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.


 What about men who face the exact same challenges? 


Women face those other challenges too, in addition to systemic sexism. Just as poor white people face many challenges, but poor Indigenous people also face anti-Native racism.


 Men face they're own gender based problems, such as not having access to the same sort of support systems women have. They're are many programs for which only women can apply with no male equivilant. 


Brachina wrote:

 What about men who face the exact same challenges? 

They should unite with whites who are the victims of racism.



The basic facts:


Since crime rates in Canada are falling, is violence against women still a serious problem?

  • Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence sinceInfographic the age of 16.1
  • 67% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.2
  • On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.  In 2011, In 2011, from the 89 police reported spousal homicides, 76 of the victims (over 85%) were women.3
  • On any given day in Canada, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Every night, about 200 women are turned away because the shelters are full. 4
  • Each year, over 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence—that’s about 12% of all violent crime in Canada.5 Since only 22% of all incidents are reported to the police, the real number is much higher.

As of 2010, there were 582 known cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.6 Both Amnesty International and the United Nations have called upon the Canadian government to take action on this issue, without success.7,8  According to the Native Women’s Association of Canada, “if this figure were applied proportionately to the rest of the female population there would be over 18,000 missing Canadian women and girls.”9

The problem is worldwide.