Dryden’s Hoshizaki House is feeling grateful.
In honour of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Unifor and the union’s Social justice Fund have donated $2,000 to Dryden’s Hoshizaki House. The donation was part of the $146,000 distributed to 73 women’s shelters across the country.
“Twenty-eight years ago, misogyny led to the murder of 14 women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Today, gender-based violence continues to occur in Canada, across all regions, all cultures, and all economic groups. This donation will fund crisis services to help women and children escape domestic violence and provide much needed resources to assist in the transition to new lives,” he said.
Unifor noted that they have negotiated paid domestic violence leave in its collective agreements and has advocated for its inclusion in legislation, such as the recently passed Bill 148 in Ontario. The union also offers a Women’s Advocate program which trains representatives in the work environment to assist other workers with issues of harassment and abuse.
The Government of Canada offered some statistics, when it comes to gender-based violence:
- Women are at a 20 per cent higher risk of violent victimization than men when all other risk factors are taken into account.
- Young women between the ages of 15 and 24 experience the highest rates of violence.
- Indigenous women are more than three times as likely to report being a victim of spousal violence as non-Indigenous women.
- Women living in the territories are victimized at a rate eight times higher than those living in the provinces.
In August of this year, the OPP released a Victim Response Support Strategy that outlines the actions the OPP is taking to improve the response to and support for victims. This includes providing more resources and training to OPP investigators and creating new roles and functions to strengthen victim support.
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