Statement on 20th Annual Women’s Memorial March

House of Commons
February 9, 2011

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, the 20th annual Downtown Eastside Women’s Memorial March will be held February 14th.

A lot has happened since that first march but the sad fact is that women are still very much at-risk.

The women from the Downtown Eastside, organize and lead this march because women, especially Aboriginal women, face physical, mental, emotional and spiritual violence on a daily basis. We gather together each year to support Sisters in Spirit and the Walk for Justice to show that we care.

I recently spoke at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry in Vancouver, and asked Mr. Oppal to utilize the Commission as a community process, where those most impacted by these tragedies have a voice. They can guide the way for what needs to be done to avoid further tragedy.

I also challenged him not ignore the issues of poverty, racism, and inequality that underlie the violence experienced by these women. If we do not address these issues as a community, as a country, than real change cannot occur.