According to United Nations statistics, 1 in 3 women will experience violence in their lifetime, most of this from an intimate partner. In a recent report released by Statistics Canada, over 1 in 10 women are pregnant at the time they experience violence.
In British Columbia, women experience many forms of violence in their homes, in the streets and in the workplace. Violence against women knows no barriers.
In spite of its prevalence, violence is preventable. Every effort must be made to educate the population, to work with perpetrators of violence to ensure changes in behaviour, and conversion to healthy attitudes that support non tolerance of violent actions.
The elimination of violence against women is important enough that it warrants the declaration of an International Day. Indeed the UN has declared that the 25th day of every month as Orange Day. A day when activists, governments and UN partners are called upon to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls.
The UN lists reasons why we are still working to eliminate violence:
- Violence against women is a human rights violation;
- Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women;
- Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security;
- Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential;
- Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic.
Consistent and continued education will help us make the shift we need to make to end violence against women. BC Women’s Sexual Assault Service is a provincial program that provides education to healthcare workers across BC as well as community support to male and female victims of violence.
BC Women’s is committed to ending gender-based violence. You’re invited to find ways to “Orange the World” and show your support for ending gender-based violence during the UN’s 16-day campaign