Statement from Nathan Cullen to mark International Women’s Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 7, 2014

OTTAWA
– Today we celebrate the incredible achievements of women across Canada, as well as the tremendous challenges they face every day. Once again this year, we must reflect on how we can work to eliminate violence against women and girls in Canada and internationally.

On the eve of International Women’s Day, the Conservatives issued a committee report sanctioning their refusal to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. After hearing witnesses testify that much more needs to be done on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, this is unacceptable.

Today more than ever, I join with my New Democrat colleagues in reaffirming our call on the government to establish a National Commission of Public Inquiry to analyze violence against Indigenous women and girls. We also reaffirm our commitment to a pro-active approach every day of the year that prevents violence against women, supports victims and their families, and counters the root causes of gender violence such as poverty and lack of education.

Contact: Sarah Andrews // nathan.cullen.a2@parl.gc.ca // 613-993-6654