WHEREAS violence continues to be the greatest gender inequality rights issue for women, girls, and gender-diverse individuals; and

WHEREAS November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month; and

WHEREAS Gender-based violence is a human rights issue which our community must work together to prevent, and address through public awareness and education; and

WHEREAS one in three women will experience gender-based violence in their lifetime and these numbers increase exponentially for Black, Indigenous and Women of Colour; and

WHEREAS in Canada, approximately every six days, a woman is killed by an immediate partner; and

WHEREAS this month and throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we acknowledge our community’s support of the Wrapped in Courage campaign and commitment to ending gender-based violence; and

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Lynn Dollin on behalf of the Town of Innisfil hereby proclaim November 25, 2022 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.