Domestic violence is any form of violence between opposite or same-sex intimate partners, who may or may not be married, common law, or living together. Violence disproportionately impacts women and girls in Canada, particularly those who are the most marginalized, including Indigenous, Black, Trans women and other racialized communities, as well as those living with disabilities.
COVID-19 has forced millions of Ontarians across the province to stay home to stop the spread of the virus. As such, there has also been an alarming uptick in domestic violence incidents across Ontario.
In recognition of the 16 days of action to end violence against women, and to ensure that government policies adopt an intersectional, gender and equity lens we have launched this petition.
You can download the petition or sign online below.
We must eradicate domestic violence.
We must ensure all government bills, motions, budgets, and regulations utilize an intersectional, gender and equity lens.
WHEREAS Ontario NDP MPP Dr. Jill Andrew introduced Motion 89 at Queen’s Park as a tangible step forward in addressing gender equity issues.
WHEREAS Motion 89 calls on the Government of Ontario to adopt a Provincial Intersectional Gender Equity Strategy that includes a thorough inter-ministerial Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) method of analysis.
WHEREAS GBA+ is an analytical process used to assess how diverse groups of women, men, and gender-diverse people may experience policies, programs, and initiatives.
WHEREAS it is important to recognize that a legislative Motion like this not only addresses gender-based violence and violence against women and women-identifying, it will also help shed light on the material conditions that pose barriers to women’s progress (i.e., lack of affordable housing, attacks on workers’ rights, misclassification of contract workers, the need for pay equity legislation, and the need for a livable wage).
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
- ADOPT MPP Andrew’s Motion 89.
- DEVELOP a Provincial Intersectional Gender Equity Strategy that requires that the government uses a GBA+ lens when making decisions on government policy changes, prior to the introduction of any government bills, motions, budgets, and regulations, and the results of such analysis be fully disclosed to the public.