Mr. Speaker, this week Canadians from across the country will be participating in anti-violence activities as part of the eighth annual YWCA Week Without Violence.
The goal of these activities is to develop practical and sustainable solutions to the issue of violence in our communities. This includes the raising of awareness of the plight of women in abusive relationships, children exposed to bullying or violence, and the fear of violence present in our homes, workplace, schools and streets.
The YWCA Canada provides programs and services to over 1 million women and their families through its 40 chapters, including the YWCA of Cambridge.
YWCA volunteers, members, participants and staff have always been at the forefront of the struggle for the equality and empowerment of women in our society.
I congratulate all YWCA volunteers and staff for their ongoing dedication to this cause and the betterment of our society.