According to the World Health Organization (WHO) about one third of women worldwide are victims of physical and sexual violence.
It’s easy to point the finger at other countries and cultures while ignoring the problems in our own backyards.
It’s important that we fight for change in our own countries and cultures because violence against women is everywhere, not just in other places we hear about in the news.
This is not to say we should not sign petitions or become a voice for those who are voiceless in other places. But it’s equally if not more important to address our own issues and solve our own problems in our countries.
And it’s vital that men of conscience stand with women to create change. We need you.
Here are 10 chilling Canadian statistics on violence against women:
1) Ratio of Canadian women who say they have been stalked by a man in a way that made them fear for their lives: 1 in 10 (Canadian Women’s Foundation)
2) Number of aboriginal women who go “missing” in Canada each month: 2 – 3 (The Native Women’s Association of Canada)
3) Factor by which women are more likely than men to be victims of sexual offences in Canada: 11 (Statistics Canada)
4) Rate of intimate partner violence against women in Canada per 100,000 women: 542 (Statistics Canada)
5) How this compares with the rate for men: 4 times higher (Statistics Canada)
6) Percentage of female murder victims in Canada who are killed by a former or current intimate partner: 49 (Canadian Women’s Foundation)
7) Percentage of male murder victims in Canada who are killed by a former or current intimate partner: 7 (Canadian Women’s Foundation)
8) Percentage of all police reported domestic assaults that are against women: 83 (Canadian Women’s Foundation)
9) Factor by which girls are more likely to be sexually assaulted by a family member compared to boys: 4 (Canadian Women’s Foundation)
10) Estimated number of women housed in women’s shelters on any given night in Canada: 3,300 (Statistics Canada)
What are the numbers in your backyard?