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Alberta/Canadian-Media: Leela Sharon Aheer, Alberta's Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, issued the following statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
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“I am honoured to lead the Alberta government’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
“2020 has brought more attention to the issue of gender-based violence than ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic asked us to do our part to stay safe by isolating and physical distancing. Unfortunately, the stresses of the pandemic and our economic situation saw a significant rise in calls to sexual and domestic abuse support lines.
“Alberta’s government responded with an additional $5 million to support those fleeing violence during the pandemic, ensuring they can isolate safely and access supports they need to heal - but we cannot stop there.
“The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign focuses on engaging and encouraging everyone to take part, take a stand and speak up against violence. We need to have important conversations, be active bystanders, shift the culture of consent and speak out against discrimination.
“The #16DaysofActivism begins today with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. I encourage everyone, of all genders, to become partners and help shine a light on this issue. There are many organizations in our province doing amazing work to help survivors, as well as educate and engage others on ways to spot, prevent and address violence. Knowledge is the most powerful tool we have to help keep everyone safe.”