gender based violence

8 petitions

Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Attorney General, Members of the Legislative Assembly, and Police Chiefs of B.C.

Prevent, Prosecute, & Protect

On December 6, 2014, the government of Canada enacted the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (known as Bill C-36), which holds the buyers of sex accountable, as well as any third party who benefits from commercial sexual exploitation.  With this legislation, Canada joined a number of countries that have already enacted similar legislation (Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Ireland) and a growing number of other countries currently deliberating demand-focused legislation that will make the buying of sexual services illegal: France, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Israel. Some Canadian provinces and municipalities have stepped forward, using the powers and resources under their jurisdiction to put an end to sex trafficking in Canada.   On January 21, 2014, Hamilton police laid charges under this new prostitution law.  (Shioina Thompson, “Hamilton Police Lay Charges under New Prostitution Law.” Hamilton News. Hamilton, Ontario, January 21, 2-14). Unfortunately, some other jurisdictions and organizations, including the Vancouver Police Force, the Victoria Police Department, the Georgia Straight, and some libraries, have voiced their non-compliance with this new law (Wanyee Li, “Vancouver Police to Prioritize Safety Over Anti-Prostitution Laws.” Globe and Mail. Vancouver, British Columbia, December 5, 2014; Carlito Pablo, “Canada’s New Prostitution Law Won’t Change Policing Priorities in Vancouver.” Georgia Straight. Vancouver, British Columbia, November 26, 2014; Sarah Pretrescu, ”New Federal Prostitution Laws have Victoria Sex Trade Workers on Edge.” The Province. Victoria, British Columbia, December 9, 2014).  We urge you, in your role in charge of implementing our federal law, to assure all Canadians that the law is or will be implemented and enforced in all provinces.  It is only when all levels of government at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels collaborate and work together that the lives of hundreds of women, youth and children will receive the protection that they deserve.   We count on you to continue the efforts of many in Canada to strengthen our comprehensive strategy to end sex trafficking in Canada.

The Trafficked Human
206 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Federal Government of Canada

Protect Children from Exposure to Pornography.

This is a petition to the Federal Government of Canada to hold adult websites and internet service providers in accordance with the Canadian motion picture rating system, legally responsible to mitigate the risk of children accessing adult content through their services. Our society is reeling from racial stereotypes and violence, colleges and universities are wrestling with sexual assault, thousands of young women and girls are being trafficked for purposes of prostitution, and child sexual abuse is 75 times more common than pediatric cancer. In the absence of inclusive sexual education in school and the home, pornography has become the number one sex educator of our children in Canada. Pornography offerings focus on sexually degrading specific races, and even on parents or other adults in positions of authority and trust exploiting “teenage” girls. While performers may be adults, much of the industry attempts to accentuate first-time sexual experiences of females, as well as the youthfulness and sexual inexperience of the female performers. Porn is, therefore, catering to the sexual fantasies of consumers interested in sex with the under aged and propelling perspectives of pedophilia, gender inequality and violence. Lack of enforcement of existing legislation in Canada under the guise of "freedom of information" permits unregulated access to the most obscene and violent sexual content to viewers of any age. According to a variety of academic studies the average age of exposure to hardcore graphic video pornography is 11.  We are calling the Federal Government of Canada to implement legislation to assure the safety and protection of our children through the accountability of adult websites and internet service providers in adherence to the Canadian motion picture rating system, recognizing and respecting the provincial and territorial jurisdictions in this regard. As a democratic society we are primarily interested in "classifying" (as opposed to "censoring") media products--especially movies--into age appropriate categories. This petition is in full support of Motion M-47 being brought forward in the Canadian House of Commons stating that......... The Standing Committee on Health be instructed to examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men, recognizing and respecting the provincial and territorial jurisdictions in this regard, and that the said Committee report its findings to the House no later than July 2017. Key issues  Easily accessible violent and degrading sexually explicit material is both a public health issue and a women’s equality issue.  Child and adolescent exposure to violent sexually explicit material is a form of child abuse.  40 years of academic research has revealed that exposure to violent sexually explicit material is harmful to physical and mental health, especially to adolescents.  Almost 90% of mainstream sexually explicit content feature violence towards women.  78% of women surveyed believe that sexually explicit material encourages society to see women as sex objects.  Adolescents who viewed violent sexually explicit material were six times more likely to self-report engaging in sexually aggressive behaviour.   Purposes  Combat violence against women and girls.  Increase child protection online by reducing accessibility of violent sexually explicit material.    

Joel Conway
181 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Carolyn Bennett, Patricia Hajdu, Jody Willson-Raybould, Niki Ashton

Call a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women like my cousin Loretta Saunders

My cousin Loretta Saunders was murdered at age 26. She was a student at St. Mary's University in Halifax and was writing her honours thesis on the hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Our family is Inuit, and Loretta has now become one of the over 1186 missing or murdered Aboriginal women she was fighting for. It is time for our government to address this epidemic of violence against Aboriginal women. Our family is gathering strength and we will not let her death be in vain. We will fight to complete Loretta's unfinished work. Please sign this petition and call on Federal Minister for the Status of Women Kellie Leitch to immediately call a public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. The Native Women's Association of Canada and other groups have worked on this for years and I started this petition to support them and to demand justice for Loretta. We need to know why it is that Aboriginal girls and women like Loretta are five to seven times more likely to die as a result of violence than non-Aboriginal women. This is what a public inquiry must address immediately so that action can be taken to stop these tragedies and protect aboriginal girls and women in Canada. The Government has so far ignored calls for a public inquiry. If they don't act the tragedies will continue.  The epidemic of racist and sexist violence against Aboriginal women in Canada is claiming lives and devastating families each month. It boils down to a simple question. Does the Canadian Government think it's a problem that Aboriginal women are 5-7 times more likely to die from a violent attack? Right now, we don't know. I'm praying that Loretta's death and tens of thousands calling for the inquiry will finally move them to do the right thing. I travelled from Labrador to St.Johns with Loretta when she left home.  We talked about our Inuit roots, our family and our pasts and how we looked at our future as an opportunity to create change and different more healthy cycles and family patterns.  We spoke about the topic of aboriginal women going missing and being killed. We joked about how she would change the world, but it wasn’t really a joke at all. Loretta HAS changed the world and. I'm determined that Loretta will continue to change the world. Please sign this petition and demand justice for Loretta and all Aboriginal women. As mentioned the Native Women's Association of Canada has worked on this issue for years and has already collected 23,000 signatures calling for a public inquiry.  Here is a link to their site as well as their document explaining in more detail why a public inquiry is needed. 

Holly Jarrett
351,929 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair, Elizabeth May, Gilles Duceppe, Carolyn Bennett

Pass A Federal Act to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women in Canada

Three and a half years ago my life changed forever when a friend told me about the Highway Of Tears. I learned that on this stretch of highway in northern British Columbia, at least 40 women and girls had gone missing, the majority of them from aboriginal communities -- and the Canadian government hadn't done anything about it. As I began to investigate the stories of these women and girls, my outrage grew. I wanted all of Canada to hear these stories for themselves and to know the anguish felt by families. I wanted to help advocate for a solution. So I started making a documentary called "Highway Of Tears." Once the documentary was finished, I thought my journey was over -- but it was really just beginning. At screenings across Canada, I heard thousands of stories of violence against aboriginal women and girls - not just along the Highway of Tears. What's more - I learned that very few families have had any closure or justice for their lost loved ones. That’s why I’m asking you to sign this petition telling Canada’s government to implement A FEDERAL ACT TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA. Thanks to the tireless efforts of aboriginal leaders, most Canadians know about the need for a national inquiry into this issue. We’ve seen the government ignore their voices, even as the world has begun to take notice, and the United Nations has condemned Canada for inaction I've started this petition with the support of communities and families of missing women, including Mary Teegee, Carrier Sekani Family Services and The Highway of Tears Initiative. By signing this petition, you're telling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make a Federal Act to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women a priority, in addition to a national inquiry. I’ve been fortunate to travel country over the last year to meet with community leaders, activists, MPs and Senators.  I can tell you firmly from the bottom of my heart that this FEDERAL ACT is 100% necessary to protecting women and girls by improving the criminal justice response to violence. And it’s something many of our political leaders already support.  While I’m not asking all of you to join us in searching for lost family members or solving crimes, I am asking for you to join us in spirit. I am committed to pushing the Government of Canada to not only conduct a national inquiry, but to also implement a FEDERAL ACT TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA. Thank you for joining us.   

Matt Smiley
43,733 supporters