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Petition Background (Preamble):
On October 3, 2014, Kellie Leitch, Status of Women Minister, announced that $1.1 million has been allocated to fund eight programs dealing with cyberviolence against women and girls. Last month, another $25 million was committed over a five-year period to combat violence against Aboriginal women and girls. No funding has been committed to address cyberviolence against men and boys, who are just as susceptible as being victims as women and girls.
A common trend and norm that seems to be thriving is that only women and girls are victims, while men and boys are not. The office of the Honourable Kellie Leitch acknowledged that women can be just as culpable to violence as men. The fact that eight men to two women commit suicide in Canada each day is another ignored issue facing men and boys.
Stop a Bully, a Canadian registered national charity founded by Trevor Knowlton in 2009, has published bullying statistics that show it is not just females who are bullied, but also males, according to a 2011 Ipsos Reid survey of 416 Canadian teenagers: http://www.stopabully.ca/bullying-statistics.html
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms forbids gender discrimination. Is the Government of Canada guilty of violating the Charter by not providing equal funding and protection against cyberviolence to males? Canadians should ask themselves, “Why are men and boys not treated equally to women and girls, where gender equality is the expected norm?”
The Canadians against discrimination of men and boys in government funded programs. petition to Kellie Leich – Status of Women Minister, John Duncan – Minister of State and Government Whip, PMO was written by Ian Gruber and is in the category Gender Rights and Issues at GoPetition. Contact author here.
The government has, for too long, promoted via funding, ministries and programs dedicated exclusively toward females. The reason for this has never been to promote equality of the sexes per se, but to respond to the political trend of Feminism.
Genuine equality means looking at the facts: both men and women experience advantages and disadvantages. If genuine impartiality for the sexes, so called “gender neutrality” is to be effectively implemented, one must strive for equality for both, simultaneously. This means that we must stop assuming that one sex is systematically advantaged to another’s detriment, and measure in an unbiased and impartial manner the conditions of both sexes.
If there is a minister of Status of Women Canada, so should there be one for men–or none. If there is a StatsCan survey on violence against women, so should there be for men–or none. Where women have the choice to become parents or not, so should men.
A genuinely unbiased and impartial legislation should not focus exclusively on advantaging one sex, not should the application of enforcement or policies. Equality must be for all, or it is not equality.