NDP MP Donnelly Tables Motion in Support of Local Purple Ribbon Campaign

OTTAWA – Today, NDP MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody) tabled a motion in the House of Commons calling on the government to take action on gender violence.

Donnelly also made a statement in the House of Commons in support of the Tri-City Transitions’ second annual Purple Ribbon Campaign, which is a part of the international campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.” Donnelly also organized a photo with federal BC NDP Caucus Members of Parliament wearing purple ribbons to demonstrate their support for the campaign.

“Half of Canadian women will experience criminal violence by men in their lifetime,” said Donnelly. “I’m proud to work with Tri-City Transitions on this important issue. We all have a responsibility to raise awareness on gender violence.”

Although rates of violent crime have been decreasing overall, rape and sexual assault have been on the rise. According to Statistics Canada, in 2004 an estimated 7% of Canadian women were victim to an abusive partner. Of those who have experienced this violence, 23% reported being beaten, choked, or threatened by a gun or knife.

Women working in the sex trade are particularly vulnerable to abuse and death resulting from gender-based violence. Young aboriginal women are five times more likely to die from violence than other women in Canada.

“Twenty-two years ago, following the massacre of fourteen women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal, my predecessor, Dawn Black introduced a Private Member’s Bill which led to the designation of December 6th as the ‘National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women,’” said Donnelly. “We have come a long way in the past two decades, but there is still much work to be done to increase awareness of gender violence and its root causes, as well as to increase gender equality.”

BC Caucus

New Democrat MPs from BC wearing purple ribbons