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Liberals Must Keep Female Genital Mutilation Reference in Citizenship Guide

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导读: Liberals Must Keep Female Genital Mutilation Reference in Citizenship Guide and Bring Justice for Yazidi Survivors of Sexual Slavery: Rempel FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6th, 2017 Ottawa, ON – To mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Ge..
Liberals Must Keep Female Genital Mutilation Reference in Citizenship Guide and Bring Justice for Yazidi Survivors of Sexual Slavery: Rempel
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6th, 2017
 
Ottawa, ON – To mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Conservative Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, issued the following statement:
 
“Today, the Prime Minister said that, ‘each of us has the power to make our world more just and more gender-equal.’ Yet there are two glaring issues that the Prime Minister has yet to take significant action on in this regard.
 
“First, it has been over a year since the Liberals supported my motion to accept recommendations made by the United Nations that would assist in the prosecution of ISIS terrorists that have perpetrated genocide against the Yazidi people. Today, Yazidi women are still being held as sexual slaves by ISIS, and international criminal proceedings are not yet underway to bring justice for them and those who have escaped. Women will continue to be used as tools of war unless their oppressors are swiftly brought to justice.
 
“Second, this summer we heard disturbing reports indicating that practitioners of female genital mutilation have been travelling to Canada to perform this procedure. Female genital mutilation has lifelong detrimental effects on women and girls, and it is estimated that more than 200 million girls worldwide have been subjected to these horrific practices. Canada cannot stand idly by while this continues to happen. 
 
“Despite reports that this form of violence against women is happening in Canada, the Trudeau government has decided to remove references to female genital mutilation from its draft version of the new Canadian Citizenship Guide. At a time when this practice is on the rise in Canada, we must not turn a blind eye and let our women and girls suffer in silence.
 
“If the Trudeau government truly wants to combat gender-based violence, they must lead the global change by bringing justice to Yazidi women, clearly state that female genital mutilation is illegal in the Citizenship Guide, and immediately develop a strategy to end this horrific practice. Canada must stand up for women and girls around the world who often do not have the platform to raise these issues. Our actions matter.” 



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