On December 6, 2018, LEAF joins feminists across Canada in remembering 14 women who were murdered in Montreal 29 years ago. Today, 67 percent of women in this country have experienced physical or sexual violence, and on average, every six days a woman is killed by her intimate partner. Violence affects us all, but women who face intersecting forms of discrimination are especially at risk.
“Every year December 6th comes upon us as a harsh and tragic reminder of the importance of continuing to combat violence against women,” says Shaun O’Brien, LEAF Executive Director & General Counsel, “including the use of firearms against women. Today, our thoughts are with women and families who have suffered family violence, as well as with victims of incidents of mass violence. We stand with renewed determination to advocate for legal and policy change to help protect women and children.”
- Our friends at the Canadian Women’s Foundation have prepared a number of resources on violence prevention and healthy relationships. They are available here.
The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) works to advance the substantive equality rights of women and girls through litigation, law reform, and public education. Since 1985, we have intervened in landmark cases that have advanced equality in Canada—helping to prevent violence, eliminate discrimination in the workplace, provide better maternity benefits, ensure a right to pay equity, and allow access to reproductive freedoms. For more information, please visit www.leaf.ca.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Shaun O’Brien, Executive Director & General Counsel
Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund