Statement by Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

“On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, let’s join together to honour the bravery and strength of survivors — and resolve to work together to end violence against women.


One-third of women around the world experience violence in their lives, often by someone they know and trust. Murder by an intimate partner accounts for half of all homicides of women. And racialized women are particularly vulnerable, including a heartbreaking number of missing, taken and murdered Indigenous women.


With new revelations of sexual harassment, assault, and violence making headlines on a daily basis, the widespread nature of violence against women in our society is more apparent than ever before.


Together, we can work for lasting change.


Ontario’s New Democrats are fighting for measures like mandatory sexual violence training for servers and bartenders and better coordination of resources in response to gender-based violence. I believe paid leave for victims of domestic and intimate partner violence is critical, so women can access the resources they need to escape violent or dangerous situations, and rebuild their lives.


New Democrats want to work together with all Ontarians to build a culture in which women and girls are respected and safe. Violence against women and girls is a problem that affects everyone, and it is the responsibility of us all to end violence against women.

Andrea Horwath