Gender-based violence is a National Emergency in Canada. Gender-based violence is destroying the world.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, sexual violence, femicide, intimate partner violence, forced marriage, human trafficking and more.  Women and girls in Canada and around the world continue to experience violence at pandemic rates. 

  • Every 2.5 days, one woman or girl is killed in Canada.

  • The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) concluded that the violence experienced by Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people in Canada amounts to GENOCIDE.

  • 95% of identified human trafficking victims in Canada between 2009 and 2016 were women and girls, with sexual exploitation being the most common form of trafficking.

  • Indigenous women and girls only make up 4% of Canada’s population, but 50% of human trafficking survivors.

  • 90% of reported sexual assaults are committed against women.

  • On any given night in Canada, thousands of women and their children sleep in emergency shelters because it is not safe at home

  • Women with a disability are nearly 2x as likely as women without a disability to have been sexually assaulted in the past year.

Gender-based violence is a result of extreme inequities that intersect with different identities. It is a very old story of who is valued less and who is valued more.

Women and girls bear the brunt of the world’s gender-based violence. Gender-diverse people also face extreme violence in their everyday lives. Women and girls living at the intersections experience the highest rates of violence, including Indigenous women, racialized women, women with disabilities, and the Girl Child. 

The antidote…is education. 

Education is the key to ending and preventing gender-based violence and human trafficking in Canada. And although we might not be able to ‘see’ it working in real-time…it is RIGHT. The ripple effects of education that addresses the root causes of gender-based violence is key. 

Our vision is freedom from violence for all women and girls. 

Everything we do is to see that vision come alive.

Our Relentless Resilience movement is working hard to see the eradication of gender-based violence in Canada and beyond. Discover our microsite here.

For more information on Our Method, click here.

For more information on the effects of GBV on Canadian society, click here.


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