Mr. Speaker, today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Today also marks the beginning of 16 days of activism to combat violence against women here in Canada and around the world. This period of activism will end on Human Rights Day on December 10.
Violence against women affects everyone. It destroys families, undermines our social fabric, harms our communities and hinders our economy.
Our government made this problem a priority in the Speech from the Throne. Since 2007, the government has invested more than $39 million in projects to address this situation.
These 16 days of activism remind us to do everything we can to eliminate violence against women and girls, today and always.