Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement in recognition of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women:
“Violence against women hurts us all. Domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of violence have long-lasting effects on women, families and our communities.
“Recent events have brought gender-based violence to the forefront of public debate. From the #metoo movement to public allegations of sexual misconduct by men in positions of power, women are speaking out about the profound impact that sexual assault, harassment and violence has had in their lives, and in the lives of loved ones.
“For every woman who has courageously stepped forward, there are thousands more who suffer in silence. Domestic violence and sexual assault affects tens of thousands of women and children in B.C. each year. And we remember those we have lost through violence, including hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
“To every survivor: We support you, we believe you, we stand with you. Our government will enhance supports for women and children escaping violence, and invest in education and prevention programs to stop gender-based violence.”
Today, from 5 p.m. to 11:59 p.m., the B.C. Parliament Buildings’ ceremonial entrance and fountain will be illuminated orange in honour of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, which begins on Saturday, Nov. 25 and ends Dec. 10.