20 Women & Girls killed in 31 days
What will it take for Canada to confront its femicide crisis?
In 2019, a woman or girl was killed every 6 days in Canada – a figure that had not changed in four decades –
In 2022, a woman or girl is killed every day – an alarming escalation.
Femicide is the killing of women and girls because of their gender. The word gives attention to the gender politics of murder. It recognizes that femicide is not about isolated cases of murdered women, but is a societal issue resulting from patriarchal structures where men continue to feel entitled over women’s bodies and lives.
And this is what we work to disrupt:
Through our 24/7 crisis line
Through legal advocacy
Through dating violence prevention
BWSS responded to over 30,000 requests for service in 2020, a huge increase from 2019, so we know we are making a difference in the lives of women, girls and gender diverse people who are living with domestic, intimate partner and sexualized violence.