PRINCE GEORGE (November 25, 2020) – Interim Leader of the Official Opposition Shirley Bond released the following statement today on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women:
“Today we mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, bringing attention to the serious issue of gender-based violence that tragically continues to occur here in British Columbia and around the world.
“There is so much more we can do as British Columbians to reduce the rates of domestic violence and make homes and communities across our province safer for everyone. We know that this is even more important since we have seen an increase in violence against girls and women during the pandemic.
“It is important that we commit ourselves to prevent violence against women, ensure employer supports, help those fleeing violent homes, and secure access to healthcare for all who need it.
“It’s vital that the government, and all British Columbians, work to create and foster spaces where women feel safe, respected, and treated with care whether at home, at work, or in public.
“Only together can we help stop the tragic epidemic of gender-based violence.”