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Canada does lit­tle to pro­tect women

- Patriarchy · Sexism · Crime · Women's Rights · Society · Discrimination · Feminism · Human Rights · Social Movements · United Nations

Re: “‘Or­ange the world’: End vi­o­lence against women and girls,” com­men­tary, Nov. 26.

Thanks to Anne Moon for her ex­cel­lent op-ed on femi­cide and the in­for­ma­tion about the UN’s cur­rent cam­paign against in­ti­mate-part­ner vi­o­lence.

Femi­cide ex­ists as a global phe­nom­e­non not only be­cause men be­lieve they are en­ti­tled to as­sault and even mur­der women but also be­cause, all too of­ten, our pa­tri­ar­chal cul­tures let them get away with it.

Even when women are brave enough to come for­ward and re­port abuse, the law does lit­tle to pro­tect them.

A friend and her daugh­ter have re­cently had to flee to an­other province on the ad­vice of po­lice be­cause the cops can’t guar­an­tee that the daugh­ter’s hus­band, a known crim­i­nal, won’t mur­der them.

Why should Cana­dian women have any faith in our “jus­tice” sys­tem?

And of course, the plight of women and girls in the more ra­bidly misog­y­nist coun­tries is far worse.

If our leg­is­la­tors won’t act, in­di­vid­ual men will have to grow up and take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions. I’m not hold­ing my breath.

Hi­lary Knight Oak Bay

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