Dr Dhalla hosts Roundtable Discussion on Violence Against Women
Toronto, March 09, 2009
On Saturday March 7th, 2009 Dr. Ruby Dhalla, Member
of Parliament for Brampton Springdale brought together service providers,
non-profit organizations, Members of Parliament and Senators from
across the Greater Toronto Area for a roundtable discussion focused
on violence against women from ethnic communities.
Stakeholders, community leaders, politicians, advocates, and families
gathered on Saturday to develop a better understanding of the availability
and accessibility of services that exist in the Greater Toronto
Area for women from ethnic communities that are victims of domestic
The event, which took place at the Brampton Convention Centre (La
Suhaag Banquet Hall) was of special significance as it was hosted
on the eve of International Women’s Day and garnered support
from MPs and Senators in attendance including Hon. Judy Sgro, Dr.
Kirsty Duncan and Senator Lorna Milne who have all been strong champions
and advocates of this cause.
“As a female parliamentarian from an ethnic community I have
seen and heard first hand from women who have been beaten, abused,
and impacted by domestic violence. These women who are mothers,
wives, daughters, and grandmothers don't know where to turn for
help or are too scared to seek the help they need out of fear from
the cultural and traditional stereotypes that are their reality”
said Dr. Dhalla.
As a result of the roundtable, an action plan was identified by
the participants to increase awareness amongst families about the
issue of violence against women which included educational programs
and initiatives that are culturally and linguistically sensitive.
“I look forward to working with these service providers,
families, and women across the GTA to ensure our mothers and daughters
are safe and provided with the necessary tools and resources they
need to succeed. It is my hope that from this discussion, women
will no longer suffer in silence. ” said Dr. Dhalla.