Local residents came out to mark the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Violence against women vigil marks 12th year

The annual observance served as a reminder of daily violence.

An annual vigil to call for an end to violence against women was held on Nov. 25 in Langley City’s McBurney Lane.

Langley’s Soroptimists and Ishtar Transition Housing Society gathered with local residents for the 12th year to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

“It is one of the most pervasive violations of human rights in the world, one of the least prosecuted crimes, and one of the greatest threats to lasting peace and development,” said Sharon Fisher of the Soroptimists.

She called attention to the fact that in some countries 70 per cent of women will face physical or sexual violence. Fisher called for all countries to work on the Four Ps: protection, providing services, prosecuting offenders, and prevention.

“We have been standing here each Nov. 25 for 12 years, and thank you for taking time out of your day to stand with us,” she said.

 

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