Mr. Speaker, fear of violence and violence itself is a severe restriction to equality for women. This sad reality of our society sees women and children at risk of danger in many situations, including the most fundamental action of walking safely after dark.
The federal government is committed to addressing the widespread problem of violence against women by working in partnership with local communities to find solutions. I send my support to the London group, Women for Action, Accountability and Against Violence Everywhere, and to all women as they march to bring an end to violence in the Take Back the Night rallies happening this week across the country.
I encourage Canadians to get out and support the right of women to walk freely within our communities.