Canada Joins Global Campaign Against Gender Violence
Ambrose calls on Canadians to join campaign, help end human trafficking
The federal government is shining a spotlight on human trafficking and campus safety for female students in announcing its support for an international campaign to help end violence against women.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a worldwide campaign spanning 4,100 organizations in 172 countries that aims to raise awareness about the multiple forms of violence women face.
Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose said the government’s support for the campaign is part of its recent $25-million National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons, a comprehensive blueprint to curb human trafficking.
“Our Government recognizes the need for Canadians to come together and take action that reduces and prevents the incidence of trafficking of women and girls,” Ambrose said in a press release calling on Canadians to join the campaign.
Ambrose also announced $4 million for projects that address a wide range of issues related to violence against female students on Canadian campuses, such as sexual assault and harassment.
The annual campaign launches every November 25 to coincide with the International Day Against Violence Against Women, and ends December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to emphasize that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation.
Ambrose said 98 percent of human trafficking victims in Canada are women and girls and the forms of abuse and risk associated with trafficking include physical, sexual, and psychological abuse, social manipulation, economic exploitation, legal insecurity, and abusive working and living conditions.
The government has called human trafficking in Canada a “national problem,” whose victims are both Canadians and newcomers. Economically disadvantaged groups are common targets of traffickers, particularly aboriginal women and girls.