Violence against women:
The United Nations defines violence against women as:
â€œAny act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”
Unfortunately today women in both Canada and abroad continue to be placed in exceedingly vulnerable positions. The violence experienced by women takes many forms including physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse. Throughout my career both as a lawyer and a Senator I have worked very closely on this issue. I have chaired and sat on commissions that address violence against women and I continue to work diligently to ensure that this is an issue that is brought to the political forefront.