Mayor Plante Condemned Violence Against Women In A Powerful Statement (VIDEO)
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.
1 femme sur 3 dans le monde a subi des violences physiques ou sexuelles à un moment dans sa vie. Cette triste réali… https://t.co/Oth2xIBocs— Valérie Plante (@Valérie Plante) 1606308300.0
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.