More Effective Gun Control Legislation Needed to Protect Women from Violence

Thursday, January 23 2003
More Effective Gun Control Legislation Needed to Protect Women from Violence
The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, the National Association of Women and the LAW (NAWL), the DisAbled Women's Network (Ontario), the Canadian Federation of University Women, and the St. John’s Status of Women Council would like to remind the people of this country that violence against women and children persists despite years of attention to the problem. Canadians should not lose sight of the fact, despite the recent controversy over the gun registry budget, and issues of confidentiality, that the intention of gun registry was to save lives of women and children. "Murder, battering, and sexual assault against girls and women of all ages are sadly not diminishing, " said Dr. Elly Silverman, President of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. "We need to continue to understand individual causes of violence, certainly, but more importantly our culture needs to re-think itself as a truly egalitarian, non-violent society." She called o­n governments to take the lead in creating economic equality and safe housing as fundamental necessities for women's safety. "Governments also need to offer more support to the front-line workers in shelters and safe houses, to organizations which offer support to abused women, and to criminal justice reform. Abuse, violence, and murder are not merely individual but social and economic problems."Women's groups can be called upon to participate in ways to make gun control legislation more effective. They support initiatives which will save the lives of women and children.
For further information, contact Sara Torres, CRIAW-ICREF communications coordinator/Coordonnatrice des communications Telephone (613) 563-0681 extension 224Fax: 613-563-0682Email: storres@criaw-icref.ca or info@criaw-icref.ca

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