Chiefs of Ontario Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women beginning 16 Days of Activism

November 26, 2018 5:44 pm
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(Toronto, ON, November 26, 2018)  — “Yesterday, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women started off 16 Days of Activism; a time to bring awareness to an issue that is often hidden or ignored. It’s during these times that we are strongly reminded of the ongoing tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in our communities.  For too long, the voices of women who have experienced violence in its many forms are muted while those that should be intervening, are silent.

We must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Indigenous women to end this national shame.

Despite the #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #NotOneMore movements, Indigenous women and girls continue to experience abuse and violence at alarming levels across Canada. Indigenous women everywhere deserve to enjoy a safe and secure social environment regardless of age, profession, race, or culture.

The 16 Days of Activism’s campaign theme this year is Orange the World: #HearMeToo and will be held between November 25th and Human Rights Day on December 10th. During this time we must ask ourselves: What can I do to ensure Indigenous women and girls are safe, protected and will always be treated with dignity and respect? It is our collective responsibility to find the answers.”

#HearMeToo

Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald

 

“Imagine a world where women are fearless. This concept coincides with the goal of personal, financial, and physical empowerment but also one of verbal empowerment. #MeToo has sparked a conversation amongst diverse voices; however social media cannot replace meaningful & responsible dialogue, and shared solution building. The truths that #MeToo  expose is that many women continue to live in fear – fear for personal safety, fear for financial security, fear of their rights being disrespected, fear of reprisal in the workplace etc. The fearlessness of women does not equate to an imbalance of empowerment amongst sexes and genders. Let fearlessness be the ideal so that our women and girls can meaningfully share in redefining the art of the possible.”

Chief Kelly LaRocca, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation

For more information on the International Day to End Violence Against Women visit the following link: http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/

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The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and a secretariat for collective decision making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nation communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario, Canada. Follow Chiefs of Ontario on Facebook or Twitter @ChiefsOfOntario

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