Canada’s 20-year commitment to end violence against women hasn’t worked and Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP Carol Hughes says it time for a change.

She says up to one in four women in our country are subjected to violence over the course of their lives and First Nations and minority women experience this more than most.

Today is the international day of action for the elimination of violence against women and Hughes says this should be the start of change after decades of inaction from our country. She says due to the lack of having a national action plan in place, rates of violence against women have remained the same for far too long.

Hughes is calling on all MP’s to work together to create a strategy to end violence against women which includes a well funded network of shelters that take into consideration all women in our country.