Minister Bains speaks about gender-based violence: We need to do better

Minister Navdeep Bains participates in the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign for 2017 by highlighting actions taken to reduce and eliminate gender-based violence.


[The Honourable Navdeep Bains stands in front of a white background]

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[Text on screen: The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development]

The Honourable Navdeep Bains: It’s hard to believe that we even live in a society where we have to remind people that gender-based violence is wrong.

But we do.

Gender-based violence destroys families, lessens the fabric of our society, furthers inequality and hurts our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, our partners.

We need to create a world where women are secure, not scared; equal, not lesser than; uplifted, not limited; celebrated, not silenced; promoted, not overlooked; listened to, not ignored.

We need to do better.

Women make up over 50 percent of the population and represent half our country’s workforce. Their success is everyone’s success.

I’m proud to have introduced legislation that promotes gender and ethnic diversity in corporate boardrooms.

I’m proud that our government is working with the Business Development Bank of Canada to increase funding for female-owned small businesses.

And that’s just the beginning.

Join me. Let’s fight gender-based violence in all its forms.

[Text on screen: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence #MYActionsMatter]

[Beneath the text are three women standing together to speak out against acts of gender-based violence. The woman at the front is speaking through a megaphone. The image uses a purple and white colour scheme with thin, sporadic purple lines that intersect throughout.]

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