Honourable senators, the United Nations has declared February 6 as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. I am truly disappointed to inform you that Canada’s record on prosecuting this horrific and excruciating practice is dismal. Although the Criminal Code was amended in 1997 to include female genital mutilation as a form of aggravated assault, to date there have been no prosecutions for female genital mutilation in Canada. Twenty-five years, no prosecutions.
Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to the urgent need to all violence against women and girls. As you all know, yesterday, December 6, marked a very significant day of commemoration in the fight against female violence. Thirty years and one day ago on December 6, 1989, 14 young women were killed by misogynistic, senseless and indefensible violence.
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Honourable senators, my question is for the government leader in the Senate. Leader, last Saturday, February 6, was the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. Last night, 125 women from the University Women’s Club of Vancouver came together in Vancouver to discuss how Canada has let us down.
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