Elimination of violence against women and girls

1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, mostly by an intimate partner.200 million girls and women have been subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting.

Violence against women and girls takes many forms and affects every society. Violence against women and girls is a form of gender-based violence.

Canada condemns all forms of violence against women and girls. At the UN (Commission on the Status of Women, General Assembly and the Human Rights Council) and in other forums, Canada supports resolutions to eliminate violence against women and girls.

Canada’s work at the UN has contributed to developing a strong Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. It has established and renewed the mandate for a UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences.

Canada was also instrumental in including sexual and gender-based crimes in the draft Statute for the International Criminal Court and for raising issues of sexual and gender-based violence in digital contexts in multilateral forums.

Canada supports the efforts of women’s rights organizations and women human rights defenders. We will use our international assistance to help prevent sexual and gender-based violence, including harmful practices such as:

  • child, early and forced marriage
  • female genital cutting

Canada is also committed to helping countries implement the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Violence against women and girls violates their human rights— in every context:

  • rape—used as a tool of war
  • trafficking in persons
  • slavery
  • domestic abuse
  • female genital cutting

It is an obstacle to gender equality, development, prosperity, peace and security.

Canada’s international humanitarian assistance supports the prevention of and response to sexual and gender-based violence. Canada is the current lead of the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies.

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