Press Release: Feminist Advocacy Groups calling Community Leaders to Hold Men Accountable for Male Violence Against Women

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Feminist Advocacy Groups:Community Leaders Must Hold Men Accountable for Male Violence Against Women

Vancouver, BC– On July 13th, 2014, Narinder Kaur Kalsi, a Surrey woman was brutally attacked by her husband.  After being on life support for a week, she succumbed to her injuries and died on July 20th. There have been 13 attacks on B.C. women by their male partners since February 25th, 2014.   Ten of these attacks have resulted in deaths.  

This latest attack has renewed concern amongst the local women’s groups about the continuing violence towards women in BC, regardless of their culture, race or class.  India Mahila Association (IMA) “unequivocally condemns this vicious and fatal attack by a community leader on his spouse.  It is clear that violence against women knows no class or cultural boundaries and much work remains to be done.  We strongly urge the Brookside temple and all other religious institutions to step-up and condemn this behavior and stand firm with women in their struggles to end violence.”

Daisy Kler from Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter says: “Although there have been some responses from community leaders condemning this violence, these attacks require a more comprehensive response from other leaders in the community to speak out against male violence. In this case, this man was a leader in the community in a powerful position and he believed he could beat his wife with impunity.”

Women’s groups are calling upon all religious institutions to show leadership in combating male violence against women.  They must ensure their female members have access to vital life saving information and feminist services. The leaders must publicly condemn violence against women and hold men accountable for their violence.





About the Organizations:

India Mahila Association (IMA)is a grassroots, non-profit organization whose main focus has been empowering women, raising awareness and education on women’s issues.  IMA has been working to end violence against women since 1973. The membership of IMA consists of women of South Asian origin and while the organization brings together women from diverse backgrounds and ages reflecting a wide diversity of religions, traditions, customs and political affiliations, it operates on secular principles.

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelteris Canada’s first rape crisis centre. VRRWS operates a 24 hour rape crisis line and transition house for battered women and their children. In the past year alone, VRRWS responded to 1,200 women escaping male violence.

Media Contacts:

Samantha Grey,Vancouver Rape Relief & Women's Shelter, 604 872 8212,[email protected]

Raminder Dosanjh, India Mahila Association, 604 321-7225 or 604 440-8020