November 25 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The occasion, organized by the United Nations, aims to raise awareness of the "pervasive problem" of gender-based violence. Citing "alarming" statistics, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante added her voice to the cause, condemning all forms of violence against women and girls.

In a video posted to Twitter, the mayor stood firm in her support for women's rights and called on all Montrealers to recognize the crisis.

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The culture of impunity, silence, and stigmatization must end. 

Mayor Valérie Plante

"Let's condemn with force violence against women and girls [...] and repeat loudly and strongly that this constitutes a violation of fundamental rights," she said.

According to the UN, new data emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic suggests that "all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified."

Globally, the UN reports that less than 40% of women and girls that experience violence report it. 

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