House of Commons
Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the NDP we recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and call for an end to violence against women. In our communities, our homes and on our streets, too many women still live in fear, live without safe and secure housing or a safe place to turn in times of crisis.
In Vancouver’s downtown east side and on B.C.’s Highway of Tears, women, mostly Aboriginal women, are disappearing and dying in frightening numbers, but their courageous sisters are standing up and speaking out against this epidemic. We honour the women who are daring to speak out.
I recently hosted former Afghan MP Malalai Joya for her book launch in Vancouver. Ms. Joya is a woman who has dared to speak out, as her book notes.
Ms. Joya faces death threats and the suspension from Parliament for her outspoken criticism of the warlord-dominated government, yet she continues to raise her voice for women’s rights and an independent and democratic Afghanistan.
We have the capacity and the resources to end violence against women everywhere. We call on the government to make it a political priority.