Mayor Patrick Brown was joined by Rowena Santos, Regional Councillor for Wards 1 and 5; and Charmaine Williams, Regional Councillor for Wards 7 and 8 for a flag raising at Ken Whillans Square in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which kicks off 16 days of activism intended to end gender-based violence.
Peel Regional Police (PRP) get approximately two calls every hour related to a family or intimate partner dispute.
Additionally, in 2020, PRP responded to 18,000 family and intimate partner disputes, and six women were killed by men who were known to them.
Further, tonight, the City Hall clock tower will be lit orange in recognition of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
“Violence is a tragic reality for far too many women in Peel. As a woman who is passionate about pushing forward on gender equity, violence against women continues to be one of the biggest barriers to getting there,” Santos said in a news release.
“Too many people choose to ignore when they see violence against women in its different forms. We all have a role to play in ending violence against women. To all the women who are experiencing it, please know you are not alone. There is help.”