Women's Rights Matter is currently focused on raising awareness about femicides and violence against women and girls. Despite the Canadian Femicide Observatory's 2002 #CallItFemicide Report and the 2023 Statement by Reem Alaslem, the Special Rapporteur for the UN on Violence Against Women and Girls, femicide is still not recognized in the Criminal Code. Letters have been sent on this subject to the Ministers of Justice, WAGE, and Public Safety, echoing the Observatory's call to add femicide to the Criminal Code, draw attention to the abuse women are receiving for speaking about their own rights, and to put a pause on any further hate crime bills.
The rise of attacks by self-identified incels is also concerning, and women who speak out about such issues face intimidation, job loss, and threats of violence. Unfortunately, mainstream media has not given these issues sufficient coverage and has often depicted critics as far-right, despite their diverse political affiliations. But we are determined to turn the tide and make a difference.
As part of our efforts, we have organized Canada's first Speakers Corner for Women, a peaceful and inclusive event open to all with an
open mic prioritizing women and girls. We welcome men to attend and show their support. We hope to see you in Ottawa on September 9!
Additionally, we have compiled a compendium of reports, research, statistics, articles, and visuals, which demonstrate the negative impact of policy changes on women over the past six plus years. We are currently fundraising to cover the printing costs to send these materials to politicians and policymakers. You can support the compendium by making a donation here.
We are passionate about our mission and welcome your involvement in various capacities. We believe that we can all play a part in creating a safer and more equitable world. Please take a look at our website to find out how you can contribute and help us make a real difference. Thank you for your support!