My work as an MLA is a dynamic balance between the work that I do in the House and the work that I do in the community through my constituency office.
Last month I spoke in the legislature on an issue that has personally affected me and many women, men, and children in our community. November marked the annual recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month.
This month is an important month for raising awareness and taking definitive action in respect to the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of women and children. In our country we know that one in four women will experience domestic violence in their life, that a woman is killed by her partner every six days, and that on any given day more than 3,700 women and 2,500 children have to stay at emergency shelters to escape violence at home. In the legislature, our NDP has been fighting to make sure the Conservative government continues to support women and children who are struggling to escape violence and abuse. That’s why we partnered with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on the Be More Than a Bystander campaign and with community leaders in the Aboriginal Men’s Anti-Violence public awareness campaign. Both campaigns created alliances with men in the fight to end violence against Indigenous women and girls.
Nov. 25 was the International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women. On this day I spoke about the atrocious violations that women and girls face worldwide and how this infringes on their fundamental human rights to security, freedom, and human dignity. I was very proud to highlight the efforts that have been made to put an end to this injustice; like the efforts of women’s organizations in St. Johns that are leading the charge for the eradication of violence against women. Every single day, organizations like the North End Women’s Centre, Sage House, and the Native Women’s Transition Centre work tirelessly to provide a safe space for women who are subjected to violence in their lives.
These issues continue to impact women and girls in Canada, in Manitoba, and right here in St. Johns. I will continue to be your advocate on matters like this and for what you would like to see more of to make you feel safe in your community and your home. As always, I am eager to learn from you and partner with you so that we can work towards the improvements you would like to see in St. Johns.