31 Things British Columbia Can Do Right Now to End Violence Against Women
8. Push to add gender and sex to the hate crime provisions of Canada’s Criminal Code
A hate crime is a crime motivated by hate, not vulnerability, where the offence was motivated by bias, prejudice. Sections 318 and 319 of Canada’s Criminal Code deal with hate crimes, including publicly stirring up or inciting hatred against an identifiable group. Hate crime laws can be invoked when the crime was based on colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation. BC should push to have gender explicitly included in these hate crime provisions.
Women in British Columbia have waited too long already. That is why we are offering 31 things that BC’s new Provincial Office of Domestic Violence (PODV) can push for right now to increase safety for women and to bring us closer than we have ever been to ending violence against women once and for all. We are calling for 31 social, economic and legal changes, none of which are unachievable in this province. Some would require very little financial investment, and each of them will save resources in the long term given the high costs of violence against women.
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