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Status of Women committee  Yes. One very quick thing is that the government's proposal right now is to fund $750,000 per year for four years to three organizations across Canada, with the commitment that they sustain that in the future. That is just unrealistic and will not happen.

July 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Megan Walker

Status of Women committee  I first of all want to say that there are significant gaps. I really have to question the integrity of any government that pulls funding to help trafficked women and girls in the middle of the largest pandemic anybody has ever experienced on this planet at this point. I want yo

July 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Megan Walker

Status of Women committee  Excuse me, Madam Chair. Your former speaker, Ms. Hutchings, mentioned the London Abused Women's Centre twice. I just want to say that this opportunity for us to appear is important so that you can learn what's going on in the community.

July 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Megan Walker

Status of Women committee  I'm just concerned about political speeches on the floor when we are here to actually be consulted with.

July 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Megan Walker

Status of Women committee  We would never call it sex work because we don't believe exploitation of women and girls is actually work. What is really upsetting is that the Government of Canada did not advise any of the organizations that were previously funded through MAPI that they would not be receiving t

July 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Megan Walker

Status of Women committee  Okay, thanks. I just want to say that we are living in extraordinarily difficult times for women and for girls. Governments make a lot of promises to vulnerable and marginalized populations, but their actions move at a snail's pace, if at all. We're asking that the government

July 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Megan Walker

Status of Women committee  Thank you so much, Madam Chair. Good afternoon to you and the members of the committee. The London Abused Women's Centre is a non-crisis, non-residential feminist agency that provides women and girls over the age of 12 who are victims of male violence with immediate access to lo

July 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Megan Walker

Finance committee  One of the things I think is so important is that we make sure all the issues are addressed in a non-partisan way. Recently we worked with the Conservatives, the Liberals, the Green Party, the Bloc and the NDP on our issue. We always have our best outcomes when we all work togeth

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Megan Walker

Finance committee  I'll respond quickly. In trafficking, for instance, we know that 50% of trafficked girls and women are indigenous. We work very closely with our indigenous nations around the city of London, because we're very committed to reconciliation and learning from the elders of the first

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Megan Walker

Finance committee  It's very easy. In fact, since COVID, we see all sorts of children at home because they're no longer in school, their parents are working from home and they're on the Internet quite a bit. We've actually received six phone calls now from parents who, since COVID, have had their

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Megan Walker

Finance committee  Well, we always say that all girls and women are potential victims of violence for no other reason than the sex they were born with. Traffickers are searching for girls to go across the country to sell to be raped basically. The younger the girl is, the more money that trafficker

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Megan Walker

Finance committee  Lindsay, I'll say something really quickly, which is that if it is the government's priority [Technical difficulty—Editor] in all of its forms, then it should be the government's responsibility to ensure ongoing access to funding, because if you close a program, first of all, it'

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Megan Walker

Finance committee  I appreciate all of the MPs in London who have worked collaboratively towards a solution. We're very grateful in London, because we have a very supportive and generous community that so far has provided us with three months of payment for service to this very marginalized and vul

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Megan Walker

Finance committee  It's a great question, and I wish I had an answer for you. We've been trying to get this information for many months. We are not a shelter. We provide emergency access to women and girls who need long-term counselling, support and advocacy. However, during COVID, there was no

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Megan Walker

Finance committee  Good evening, everyone. It's really nice to be with you this evening. The London Abused Women's Centre is a feminist agency that takes systemic action to end the oppression of women and girls while providing immediate access to service for women and girls across this country who

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Megan Walker