Press Release: The Women's Equality and Security Coalition Denounces the Missing Women's Inquiry Policy Forums

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


The Women’s Equality & Security Coalition

Denounces the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry Policy Forums

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Vancouver –The Women’s Equality and Security Coalition (WESC), a coalition of women’s organizations, is committed to the protection and advancement of women’s liberty, dignity, security and equality. The coalition refuses to participate in the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry Policy Forums.

WESC is deeply shocked by the way the Inquiry has unfolded, including by recent revelations of discriminatory attitudes toward women inside the Inquiry itself. WESC does not wish to lend credibility by participating in a process that has become so profoundly flawed.

WESC does not believe that under the current circumstances, the Inquiry will produce a comprehensive and meaningful response to the failures of the criminal justice system in relation to male violence against women in general and to the missing and murdered prostituted women in particular. 

WESC groups remain committed to the safety, equality and liberty of all women and will continue this work in other venues.

The Members of the Women’s Equality and Security Coalition

Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution

Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centers (CASAC)

Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC 

Provincial Council of Women of BC

EVE (formerly Exploited Voices now Educating)

Justice for Girls

National Congress of Black Women Foundation

Poverty & Human Rights Coalition

University Women’s Club of Vancouver

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter

Media Contact: Hilla Kerner, 604-872-8212, [email protected]

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