A minimum of 118 women and young girls murdered in Canada up until now this year, according to an annual report by the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability- a reality for scientists who are worrying in its predictability.
” The numbers have not moved. They have stayed practically the same,” stated Nneka MacGregor, executive director of the Women’s Centre for Social Justice in Toronto, Ontario.
” It [raises] the concern, what can we as a society do better? Do in a different way? There’s a great deal of time, energy, great objectives, and resources being assigned. And yet the shift in general public awareness, and the shift in numbers of females who’ve perished – we’re not making the kind of impact that we wish to make.”
The report begins the 30th anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre at the University of Montreal. That shooting – which left 14 females dead– thrust the term misogyny into the general public discourse in Canada.
3 years later, the CFOJA notes, “females continue to be preyed on and killed just because they are females.”
This truth was driven home once again, the report states when the authorities interviewed Alek Minassian – charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of tried or attempted murder in connection with Toronto’s April 2018, “van attack” – was launched this year. In it, Mr. Minassian stated that he was at least partly encouraged by the “incel” (uncontrolled celibate) motion, and the absence of attention he got from females.
” The reality is, he’s not alone – and [the incel motion] is ending up being a larger motion that individuals do not appear to be taking seriously,” stated Ms MacGregor, a member of the CFOJA. “And it’s something the violence-against-women sector has actually been yelling about … for several years.”
Of the 118 murders of females and young girls in 2019 – a figure the report warns is likely low, considered that a minimum of 21 other deaths has been flagged by authorities services as suspicious – wrongdoers were determined in 98 cases. Of those, a male was the main implicated in 87 percent.
The relationship between the victim and their implicated killer was just in 77 % of cases. Of those, the victim was determined to be in an intimate relationship with their killer in 52 % of cases. Member of the family was determined as being the killers in 31 % of cases, and 9 % were buddies or associates, 8 % were complete strangers.
Where a technique of killing was recognized, shooting was the most typical (36 %), followed by stabbing (29 %) and whippings or beatings (19 p%).
Location-wise, the greatest rates of femicide were discovered in Nunavut, followed by the Yukon, Manitoba, and Alberta.
Native women, in addition to those residing in rural and remote areas, continue to be disproportionately at risk.
Though more than 80 % of the population resides in metropolitan locations, just 62 % of the females eliminated or killed remained in city locations; 38 % of the femicides happened in rural or small towns.
Myrna Dawson, director of the CFOJA, thinks these data repeat the significance of dealing with gender-based violence.
” We must ask ourselves why these patterns, which are well recorded, ladies and typically kids murdered by guns, generally rifles or shotguns, in backwoods – Is this not an issue for our leaders? For the general public?”
Ms. MacGregor, who invested 3 years on a federal advisory council on gender-based violence, stated the report highlights a requirement or need for prompt federal action.
” In 2020, are we going to have the exact same stats? Are we going to be asking the exact same questions and have the same concerns??” she stated.
“There is a genuine, requirement for nationwide action on violence versus females. This is the time when Canada MUST develop one.”