Canada's minister of foreign affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, and Canada's minister of international development, Karina Gould, issued a statement to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This statement draws specific attention to the fact that women and girls around the world are experiencing sexual assault and its lifelong adverse effects on health. Sexual assault, a violation of human rights, is a key barrier to achieving gender equality.
Canada supports gender-based violence prevention efforts and has urged everyone to take a stand against sexual assault by joining activists at home and abroad to bring attention to the injustice of sexual assault. Canada is an active participant of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence which starts on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and concludes on International Human Rights Day (December 10).